Invisalign vs Veneers

Invisalign vs Veneers: Everything You Need to Know

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, over 80% of people use the services to improve their physical attractiveness and self-esteem.

Of all the options available, both Invisalign and veneers are some of the top requested because of their benefits. But when it comes to choosing Invisalign vs veneers, which is the best option for you?

This article covers the essential information to help you decide.

What Are Veneers?

The problems occur in people’s smile and teeth never happen in perfectly equal ways. 

For example, while most of your teeth can look, feel, and be absolutely fine, another can have a cavity, be chipped, or be a different color to the rest.

This is where veneers come in.

The best way to think of them is as tooth covers made of porcelain. If one tooth or a few teeth are noticeably discolored or chipped, a veneer will sit nicely in front to make it look better. And if there are any gaps between teeth then veneers can help fill that out.

You can get them for just a few problem teeth but many people tend to choose to do any that are noticeable when they smile for a consistent and uniform smile.

Veneers: Pros and Cons

If you’re considering veneers you should consider the following:


  1. You can change the color of the covered tooth
  2. You can fill in gaps between teeth
  3. The veneer will cover any chips
  4. They reshape the tooth’s shape
  5. The veneer is custom-molded for every tooth


  1. You will have to go to the dentist multiple times
  2. You have to pay for each tooth that gets a veneer
  3. To fit the veneer, the dentist will likely have to file the front of the tooth
  4. Veneers only last around 15 years, because of the filing on the original tooth, they will need to be replaced
  5. They do not correct issues with teeth such as cavities
  6. It is possible for them to crack

What is Invisalign

While veneers help address visual aesthetics such as your tooth color and shape, Invisalign works like braces to realign your teeth.

Anyone who has issues with their bite or the way their teeth grew out can correct it without having to worry about the ugly aesthetics of braces. The process works by earing a clear tray over your teeth that applies pressure move them into place.

Every week or so you are given a new tray designed to move your teeth a little bit closer to alignment. It’s a great choice that helps many people feel confident during and after treatment. 

Invisalign: Pros and Cons

If you’re considering Invisalign you should consider the following:


  1. Fixes problems like overbites, 
  2. Gaps between teeth are gone
  3. The clear trays can be taken out unlike braces
  4. After the treatment, the changes to your teeth are permanent
  5. The trays are comfortable and custom-fit


  1. The treatment can last up to a year depending on your needs
  2. Failure to be consistent with treatment will revert any progress
  3. You need to brush your teeth more frequently in a day to maintain good tooth health

Invisalign vs Veneers

If you have perfectly healthy teeth, have a good oral hygiene routine, but have misaligned teeth, then Invisalign is the best option for you. The average cost is between $2000 and $5000 depending on your insurance.

However, if you are more concerned about your tooth’s aesthetics and coloring, then veneers are perfect for providing that dazzling smile. However, they can cost anywhere from $1000 to $2500 per tooth.

Do What’s Best for You

When deciding between Invisalign vs veneers the important thing is to weigh up the costs and benefits of both. There’s no wrong answer, just think about how you would feel if you had the smile you were happy with and make the choice from there.

Check out our range of services or schedule an appointment to see what we can do for you.


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