Invisalign vs. Porcelain Veneers By Louis Buono on September 26, 2021

Close up of white woman inserting transparent dental tray.Everyone feels a little self-conscious about their teeth every now and again, but if you’ve found that this feeling is affecting your confidence, it might be time to consider a solution like Invisalign® or porcelain veneers. 

At Garden City Smiles, in Long Island and Garden City, NY, Dr. Louis J. Buono, DDS, understands how important it is for you to feel good about your smile, so we’ve gathered up the information you need to decide between two of dentistry’s most popular cosmetic options: Invisalign vs. veneers.

Top Three Differences Between Invisalign and Porcelain Veneers 

Here are the major differences between Invisalign and porcelain veneers, along with the factors you’ll want to think about before you commit to either one:

  • The function of Invisalign vs. veneers. What do you want to improve about your smile? Invisalign will make your teeth straight, whereas veneers can also address shape and color.
  • The length of treatment. How much time do you have to spend on your teeth? Invisalign typically takes at least a year. Veneers can be completed in two visits. 
  • Cost differences for each procedure. Are you prepared to invest a significant amount in your future smile? In many cases, Invisalign is the less expensive option. 

The compassionate staff at our Long Island and Garden City, NY offices report that one of the most common questions asked of them by patients is, “Which is right for me?” Keep scrolling for insights to help you decide how to achieve your perfect smile. 

The Function of Invisalign vs. Veneers

What is it that you don’t like about your teeth? The answer will tell you which of these treatments will deliver the results that you want for your smile. While both options will improve your smile, they work in entirely different ways. 

Invisalign involves the use of removable trays that correct bite, alignment, and crooked teeth. Veneers are permanent coverings like little tooth shells made to mimic the ideal dental shape and color. For instance, if you have an overbite, Invisalign will slowly adjust your bite. But if your problem is that you have minor misalignment issues or small gaps, veneers may make more sense for you. 

The Length of Treatment

Invisalign works by incrementally adjusting your teeth to the shape of each tray. This is a slow but sure process that can take a year on average. Aside from the basic treatment time, you’ll also have regular check-ups to examine the progress you’ve made and the general fit of your tray. After you’re finished, you’ll continue to attend follow-ups, and in some cases, your dentist may recommend a permanent retainer.

Veneers, on the other hand, only require two appointments to take impressions, craft the veneers, and place them.

Schedule a Visit to Garden City Smiles 

Having a smile you can be proud of makes all the difference for your confidence, how you’re perceived by others, and what you think of yourself. If you’ve decided you’re ready to change your life today, give our Garden City, NY office a call at (516) 294-0375 or send us a message to schedule your consultation.

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Louis J. Buono, DDS

Garden City Smiles Louis J. Buono, DDS

Dr. Buono has been providing leading smile care to his patients in Garden City and Long Island for over 30 years. He is proud to be affiliated with: 

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry 

You can request a consultation with our dentist by filling out our online form or calling (516) 294-0375.

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