Invisalign and Veneers Together Could Give You an Affordable Perfect Smile
If you avoided having orthodontic braces when you were young because you heard how uncomfortable they were, not to mention all the dietary restrictions, but are still embarrassed by your crooked teeth, there is really good news. Many adults and kids do not have to go through the 2-3 years required for metal braces because of the revolutionary invisible, removable plastic trays (known as aligners) used by Invisalign process. If you have moderate misalignment, Invisalign often requires just 6-18 months to complete.
There are no dietary restrictions because unlike braces, you can remove the aligners before eating and drinking anything but water, brush your teeth normally and clean them, then put them back in. No worries about sticky and hard foods that can damage braces. They are so clear that unless someone sees you do this, they may not know you are even being treated and the results are just from taking better care of your overall oral health.
In some cases, having Invisalign done first is a prerequisite to being able to have a customized veneers treatment to create a celebrity-caliber gleaming smile. Veneers are the most popular part of a cosmetic dental smile makeover because they are an easy and efficient way to transform your smile. They are thin slices of biocompatible dental porcelain customized to match your natural teeth or the shade you want them to be, then bonded to the front of the teeth. They can cover chips, cracks, gaps, discoloration, and misshapen teeth. With care, they can last 5-10 years or more. But in some cases, without Invisalign being implemented first, trying to correct a smile simply with veneers may require having to remove too much of the structure of the teeth to which they will be applied.
You may have neglected the look of your smile, feeling that the important thing is just to make sure you brush twice a day and floss at night to prevent periodontal disease. That is true, but you know that people judge by appearances and whether on a first date or at a job interview, they may assume that if you are hesitant to fully smile because you don’t feel confident about it, perhaps you’re just not friendly.
To find out what your best options are for improving your natural smile, set an appointment for a full examination. This requires a digital x-ray (which involves minimal radiation), which can reveal the health of your jaw, including whether you have an infection that is eroding the bone and needs treatment first (jawbone infections are not painful, so could be advanced without any symptoms). If you decide to go ahead with Invisalign and/or veneers, you and the Wilshire Smile Studio dentist will work out a plan for to create your perfect new smile.