Clear Aligners and Veneers

Veneers are restorations added to the front surface of your teeth that can alter their shape and appearance. Clear Aligners are invisible aligners, a type of orthodontic treatment that is a popular alternative to traditional metal braces. Now, you may wonder, what’s the difference between both clear aligners and veneers? What are their pros and cons respectively?

Which treatment is faster?

Veneers, usually. However, you may need to take your overall goals and oral health into consideration before determining which one is right for you, regardless of treatment length.

To see an immediate result, you will probably opt for veneers. But it depends on the type of veneers you are getting. Porcelain veneers might take longer to complete than composite veneers because they’re made specifically fitted to your teeth, in a follow-up appointment. Composite resin veneers can sometimes be completed in a single visit.

Clear Aligners are a type of orthodontic treatment that aims to straighten your teeth, and improve your smile and bite over time. You will see the result in a gradual manner. In 6-9 months, Dr Clear Aligners assures you that you will notice visible results on your teeth. Invisible, less to none clinical-visits, and in a short period amount of time, you are guaranteed to earn your new smile 😊

Which treatment costs less?

Veneers are often more expensive than clear aligners. It depends on the material you opt for, and the number of teeth you’re having treated.

The cost of clear aligners tends to be spread out over the course of your treatment, which can help to make it more affordable. Dr Clear Aligners provide instalment plans along your smile journey. Take your smile assessment today, to see whether you’re the right candidate for clear aligners.

Which treatment is safer?

Both are considered safe as they don’t usually involve invasive surgery. However, veneers do require that the surface of your teeth is permanently altered to allow the veneers to fit and bond correctly.

While veneers are a cosmetic treatment and generally don't have a significant impact on your health, clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment that can benefit your oral health.

Which treatment has a longer-lasting result?

Porcelain veneers tend to last about 10 years. This assumes proper care of your veneers, though. By avoiding hard and crunchy foods and activities that could put them at risk of damage, like contact sports, you can help extend their lifespan.

While aligners can change your smile for life, it also depends on the aftercare and your self-discipline. Do you follow the instructions of your orthodontists? Do you wear your retainers consistently every night before going to bed? The result varies in terms of the time and effort you put in.

Which treatment can I get, and can I have both?

Consult your dentist and orthodontist on your concerns about these treatments. You will need to go through an oral health assessment prior to proceeding with the treatments required. Let’s say if you have a condition such as tooth decay or gum disease, this will need to be treated before you begin another treatment.

If you desire to have both veneers and clear aligners, it truly depends on how you want your smile to look, both treatments may be the right option for you. Typically, any orthodontic treatment will be completed first - this can reduce the number of veneers required and preserve more of your tooth structure. You may still be a candidate for clear aligners if you already have veneers since the plastic aligners don't put as much pressure on your teeth as traditional braces.

Again, you should talk to a qualified dental professional and our experienced consultant who can examine your teeth and bite and recommend a treatment plan designated for you.