Porcelain veneers are a great way to hide tooth imperfections like stains and crookedness. But veneers can't replace orthodontic treatment. While veneers are merely a cosmetic approach, orthodontic treatment like Invisalign improves the appearance, health and functionality of your bite.
But if you already have porcelain veneers, Invisalign is the best orthodontic approach to take.
Invisalign won't pull your veneers off
The problem with traditional braces is that the archwire requires that the orthodontist place brackets onto your teeth. These brackets hold the wire in place and allow the orthodontist to move your teeth. But this can be a problem with porcelain veneers. If a bracket is glued to a porcelain veneer, the bracket could pull the veneer off its tooth, especially if the veneer is quite old.
Although there is only a small chance of that happening, you might not want to take that risk. That's why Invisalign is a more suitable option. In many cases, Invisalign treatment only requires that you wear your aligners to straighten your teeth without the help of attachments. Provided the fit of your aligners is snug, no attachments will be necessary. Thus, there will be no risk to your veneers.
Sometimes, you might need attachments to ensure your aligners fit snugly, but your dentist can attach these to the neighbouring teeth and not your teeth with the porcelain veneers.
Invisalign won't damage the surface of your veneers
Another issue that occurs with traditional braces and porcelain veneers is damage to the surface of the porcelain veneers. Because the brackets need to be glued to the surface of the veneers, removing the brackets could damage the surface of your veneers when your treatment is finished. You will then need to see your dentist to have your porcelain veneers repaired.
Invisalign won't damage the surface of your porcelain veneers, especially if your case does not require the use of attachments.
Invisalign offers some protection to your veneers
As you move your teeth with Invisalign, your bite will change subtly. Sometimes, these changes can put pressure on your teeth, as they no longer come together in the same way as they once did. This increases the risk that you could chip or crack your porcelain veneers. Fortunately, Invisalign aligners can protect your porcelain veneers from chips and cracks since you wear them most of the day.
Although Invisalign aligners are softer, they can offer some of the protection that a mouthguard might offer for your porcelain veneers as your bite changes over time.
If you have porcelain veneers, then consider choosing Invisalign braces over traditional braces for the aforementioned benefits.Share