If you’ve been researching cosmetic dental treatments to help achieve your dream smile, you may be wanting to fix a particular dental issue, whether your teeth are crooked, small, unevenly shaped or yellow teeth, or there are gaps between them.
Veneers and Invisalign are two of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options for enhancing your smile, but which one is the best option for you? And do you need to straighten your teeth before getting veneers?
Find out more about how to decide between Invisalign and veneers below, depending on your smile goals and your unique concerns about your teeth!
- What’s the difference between Invisalign and veneers?
- Do I need to straighten my teeth before getting veneers?
- How much does Invisalign cost?
- How much do veneers cost?
- Should I get Invisalign or veneers?
1. What’s the difference between Invisalign and veneers?
When trying to figure out whether Invisalign or veneers may be best for you, it’s important to understand the difference between them, what they can do and their limitations.
What is Invisalign?
For those with crooked teeth, gaps or a misaligned bite, Invisalign treatment involves using clear aligners fitted over your teeth, which apply gentle pressure to gradually move your teeth into a new position as braces do. They’re virtually invisible, and look similar to a mouthguard or teeth whitening trays.
Aligners are changed every 1 – 2 weeks to continue the movement, and should be worn for 20 – 22 hours per day to ensure the process occurs as smoothly as possible. Treatment times can vary from about 6 – 24 months, depending on the extent of movement required.
What are veneers?
Veneers, on the other hand, are purely used for changing the appearance of the teeth without changing their actual position. Veneers are suitable for treating chipped, cracked, stained, or small teeth, and those which have gaps or are mildly crooked.
Porcelain veneers are handmade, thin shells of ceramic which perfectly fit over your existing teeth, enhancing the natural appearance of your teeth all whilst offering the same strength of your actual teeth. Composite veneers may be suitable in certain cases, and provide a relatively cheaper alternative to porcelain veneers. They’re not as strong as porcelain veneers, are made from the same material that white fillings are created with, and are handcrafted in a single visit.
2. Do I need to straighten my teeth before getting veneers?
For those whose concerns with their teeth can be solved with veneers, the question of whether you will also need Invisalign to straighten your teeth depends on several factors.
If your teeth are quite straight or only mildly crooked but it’s the shape, length or colour of your teeth that you aren’t happy with, you may not need Invisalign before getting veneers. If your teeth are very crooked, and you also aren’t happy with the shape or size of your teeth, you may need Invisalign prior to getting veneers to enhance the appearance of your smile. Therefore, whether you require Invisalign first will depend on the severity of the misalignment of your teeth, and what you’d like to change about your smile.
Of course, every patient’s case will be different, and this is only a guide and to get an accurate treatment plan it’s best to get professional advice from a dentist who has plenty of experience with cosmetic dental treatments to help you achieve your goals.
3. How much does Invisalign cost?
As every patient’s needs are different, your custom Invisalign treatment plan will depend on the severity of your case and the movement required. This also means that the price of Invisalign will vary. As a guide, Invisalign on the Gold Coast may cost from approximately $2950 – $8450*.
For an accurate quote and custom treatment plan, it’s best to book an appointment with an experienced Gold Coast dentist for a consultation so they can examine your teeth and determine the level of care required.
4. How much do veneers cost?
Just like Invisalign, veneers are not a one-size-fits-all treatment as no two smiles are the same! As an estimate, composite veneers may cost from $350 per tooth, while premium porcelain veneers may cost from $1750 per tooth*.
A final quote can only be obtained after a full consultation and assessment of your teeth, after discussing your goals and concerns. Digital smile analysis may also be used to help create your treatment plan.
5. Should I get Invisalign or veneers?
In summary, if you’re happy with the size, shape and length of your teeth, but your teeth are crooked or have gaps, then straightening your smile with Invisalign may be most suitable.
If the size, shape, length or colour of your teeth aren’t how you’d like them to be, but they’re relatively straight, you may find veneers to be a more suitable option.
If your teeth are crooked AND you want to improve their shape or colour, it may be best to first straighten and broaden your smile with Invisalign, brighten them with teeth whitening treatment, followed by enhancing their appearance with veneers.
To find out which treatment is most appropriate for your unique needs, it’s best to make an appointment with our Gold Coast dentists so we can examine your teeth and create a customised treatment plan together for the best outcome for your oral health! Book online or give our friendly team a call:
- Broadbeach Dental Practice: 07 5526 8722
- Palm Beach Dental Practice: 07 5525 6610
- Chirn Park Dental Practice: 07 5627 1127
*Prices mentioned are estimates only at the time of publication and are subject to change without notice.