If you have been considering improving the appearance of your smile with cosmetic dentistry, one of the best things that you can do is to take the time to really choose a treatment option that works for you. Our Tinley Park cosmetic dentists offer a number of effective treatments to improve dental aesthetics. In this short article, we are explaining how one treatment in particular—Invisalign—compares to other cosmetic solutions.
To quickly review: Invisalign is a orthodontic treatment that straightens a patient’s natural smile using a series of clear plastic aligners.
Invisalign vs. Dental Bonding
Invisalign is designed to move your natural teeth. Dental bonding, on the other hand, covers dental enamel with composite resin. Both of these treatments can help you achieve a straighter looking smile, but Invisalign will actually change your dental structure, while bonding will simply make your smile look straighter. Bonding is also used to close gaps between teeth—again by applying resin to the natural tooth in order to build up with tooth width. Keep in mind that custom-shaded resin is also able to make your smile look whiter and brighter.
Invisalign vs. LUMINEERS
LUMINEERS are individual porcelain restorations that are also used to cover the patient’s natural teeth. With LUMINEERS you can do everything from close gaps between your teeth, achieve a whiter looking smile, and build up misaligned teeth so that your whole smile looks straighter. Again, LUMINEERS do not actually move your teeth, while Invisalign can be used to improve structural issues like crossbites, underbites, and overbites.
Invisalign can be combined with other aesthetic treatments in order to achieve a more complete smile transformation. You may want to undergo professional dental whitening after Invisalign, for example, in order to minimize existing stains. You can also treat specific damaged teeth with dental bonding after refining your smile as a whole with Invisalign.Our Orland Park cosmetic dentists will help you assess your treatment options and choose the right dental solution for your smile. Give us a call!