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Do I Really Need Invisalign Before Porcelain Veneers?


Do I Really Need Invisalign Before Porcelain Veneers?

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I am wondering if I am confused about something. I thought that getting porcelain veneers could remake your smile on its own, even making your teeth look straight. I had planned on getting ten porcelain veneers because I have a wide smile. One of my front teeth is a tiny bit crooked, but really not that much so I didn’t think it would be a problem. There really isn’t that much wrong with the teeth except for being a bit dingy and having that one small crooked part. However, when I went to see my dentist, he suggested that I get Invisalign first and then get the porcelain veneers. Is it really necessary to get both?


Dear Stacey,

An image of a porcelain veneer being placed on a tooth

I think you have a good understanding of things. Porcelain veneers are able to make teeth look straight. Bear in mind that I have not examined you, but based on your description, I can think of no reason for why your smile makeover cannot be done without using Invisalign. The first thing I would do is get a second opinion. Look for someone with expertise in cosmetic dentistry. They will likely tell you the same thing, but I’d rather you get an idea from someone who can see the actual bite you’re dealing with.

Let’s go on the assumption that I’m right and you would only need porcelain veneers. Don’t pressure your current dentist to go forward with the procedure. I would look for  a different cosmetic dentist to do your veneers. It is very likely that the reason he is telling you to get Invisalign is that he does not know how to make your teeth look straight. Porcelain veneers under normal circumstances are an advanced procedure. When you add the additional complication of making teeth look straight it would take someone with even more expertise.

One thing I wanted to ask you about was how much of a  change you are looking for. All you mentioned was color issues and that part that is a bit crooked. Porcelain veneers are generally for people who want or need a complete smile makeover, by changing the shape, size, and color of their teeth.

If all you need is some whitening and straightening, you will save a LOT of money having Invisalign done and using teeth whitening gel at the same time. The Invisalign aligners can double as teeth whitening trays, so you can get both procedures done simultaneously.

If, however, you were wanting to change more, than porcelain veneers is the best way to go. I just didn’t want you spending more than was necessary if it wasn’t what you needed.

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