Achieving a perfect smile can easily be done through cosmetic dentistry treatments in Leesburg at Cardinal Park Family Dental. The top two treatments that patients tend to steer towards for perfect teeth are porcelain veneers or Invisalign. Each of these treatments can help you achieve perfect teeth but in different ways. Most of our patients don’t know that porcelain veneers can actually help your teeth appear to be straight, much like Invisalign, without the hassle of a lengthy treatment. Find out if you can achieve your smile goals through help from porcelain veneers or Invisalign in Leesburg.

Porcelain Veneers Can Make Teeth Look Straight

If you have only minor orthodontic problems like a few gaps in your smile or one or two slightly crooked teeth, you can perfect your smile through the use of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can be used to give you white, symmetrical and straight teeth. In some cases, patients only need a few veneers to make their smile look perfect. If you choose porcelain veneers to achieve a straighter smile, this will give you instant results as compared to Invisalign treatment which can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to achieve your desired results.

Although Invisalign is an invisible treatment, most patients don’t want to deal with the annoyance of cleaning aligners all the time and removing them to eat and drink. With porcelain veneers, you will have no down during your treatment time. You will visit us one day for your new smile and you will leave with that smile during your following appointment. You don’t have to adjust your life at all to achieve a perfect smile with porcelain veneers.

Straightening Your Teeth With Invisalign

Although porcelain veneers provide instant results, Invisalign provides permanent results. When it comes to achieving a straight smile, you have to decide what is most important, achieving just an aesthetic smile, or one that is perfectly aligned, healthy and aesthetic. With porcelain veneers, your crooked, gapped or misaligned teeth will not be corrected but simply masked. With Invisalign treatment, your smile will actually be corrected, giving your permanent and real results with your natural teeth. We always advise our patients to seek orthodontic treatment for their problems, especially if they have an alignment issue like an overbite, underbite or crossbite. This is because misaligned teeth can cause other dental problems like uneven wear of your teeth, sleep apnea, teeth grinding/clenching and more.

When you straighten your teeth with Invisalign, you’re giving yourself preventive dentistry care as well as the first steps to a perfect smile. Once your teeth are aligned to their ideal position, you can then begin to think about whitening treatment and veneers if your teeth need some reshaping or more help with symmetry.

Cons of Choosing Porcelain Veneers for Straight Teeth

Unfortunately, choosing the easier option is not always the best option. Not only can porcelain veneers be more expensive than orthodontics, but they do not provide the same benefits of orthodontic treatment. The first con is that porcelain veneers are expensive. If you have a lot of gapped or misaligned teeth, your porcelain veneers treatment to make your teeth look straight can range into the thousands of dollars.

Another con of porcelain veneers is that you will need to replace your veneers every 10 years or so. This can add up to even more money spent on cosmetic dentistry. They need to be replaced because prior to the placement of your porcelain veneers, our dentist needs to shave part of your enamel off of your teeth in order to make room for the veneers to be placed. After about ten years, your veneers will need to be replaced due to wear and tear and normal staining that takes place underneath the veneers.

Another con of choosing porcelain veneers instead of Invisalign is that you will not reap all of the benefits of straight teeth. Benefits of straight and perfectly aligned teeth can lead to better dental health. This is because teeth are easy to care for and do not trap food and decay in certain places like they would have before. In addition, straight teeth help you bite down equally, meaning there won’t be uneven wear of your teeth throughout your mouth. This can help patients who suffer from bruxism because their teeth are now in their ideal position. Lastly, straight teeth are permanent with proper aftercare. Once you complete your Invisalign treatment, as long as you wear your retainer as instructed, you can expect to have straight teeth for the rest of your life. This means you can whiten your teeth and do what you want without worrying about replacing a veneer every ten years.

Pros of Choosing Porcelain Veneers for Straight Teeth

Of course, there are a few pros to choosing porcelain veneers for straight teeth at our Leesburg dentist office. Not every patient will require an entire mouth of veneers to make their teeth look straight and perfect. In some cases, patients only need to mask one or two teeth with veneers for an ideal smile. It’s these patients who don’t have bite problems that we recommend veneers to over Invisalign. Another pro of porcelain veneers treatment is that it gives you instant results. With Invisalign, you will need to wait anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to see your results. Talk with your dentist to find out if porcelain veneers or Invisalign for straight teeth are right for you.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Cosmetic Dentist in Leesburg Today

If you’re unhappy with your smile and have been considering braces or a cosmetic treatment, now is the time to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Leesburg. He will evaluate your smile to determine if porcelain veneers or Invisalign are the right treatment choices for you. From there, we will begin your treatment and you will leave our office with perfect teeth either after one appointment or over the course of several months! Both treatment options can give you the smile you love. Don’t wait, contact our office today!