Porcelain Veneers vs. Invisalign®

By J. Brent Gorrell on April 02, 2012

Porcelain veneers and Invisalign® are both able to dramatically improve your smile. Our Mountain View cosmetic dentist, J. Brent Gorrell, D.D.S., will perform a comprehensive dental examination, in which the severity of your alignment problems will be assessed. Because porcelain veneers and Invisalign® work differently, your specific individual needs and goals will determine which treatment is best. Patients with only alignment issues will benefit more from Invisalign® than our patients with dental problems in addition to alignment issues. For minor alignment issues, patients may not want to undergo a time-consuming treatment such as Invisalign®; in this case, porcelain veneers are most likely the ideal treatment.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are custom-made, thin porcelain tooth-colored shells designed to cover the front surfaces of the teeth. Porcelain veneers are bonded to the teeth to change their color, size, shape, and length. Benefiting many of our patients in Mountain View, porcelain veneers are an ideal treatment for many dental issues, including:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Misaligned teeth, uneven teeth, or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Teeth with gaps between them
  • Teeth that are worn down


Invisalign® corrects dental issues while remaining completely inconspicuous. Because they are virtually undetectable when worn, Invisalign® aligners are ideal for the patient who wishes to correct his or her dental flaws without drawing undue attention. Our patients no longer have to worry about “a mouth full of metal” when straightening their teeth. A series of custom-crafted aligners slowly and gently guide teeth into their optimal positions over a period of one to two years. About every two weeks, a new aligner is switched out for the next in the series until treatment is complete. The aligners can be removed up to two hours a day. Invisalign® can correct many common dental issues, including:

  • Spaced teeth: Spaces between teeth can occur when the jaw abnormally continues to grow or when there are missing teeth. When there are one or more missing teeth, the remaining teeth often shift. Spaced teeth are more susceptible to gum problems.
  • Overly crowded teeth: This is a result of your jaw being too small for the amount of teeth within. Overly crowded teeth can worsen over time and are more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay.
  • Crossbite: This occurs when the upper jaw and the lower jaw are both misaligned. This can cause abnormal wear and chipping of the teeth. A crossbite may also contribute to gum disease and bone loss.
  • Underbite: An underbite occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth, and is usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or by the undergrowth of the upper jaw and the overgrowth of the lower jaw. Another possible cause of underbite is missing upper teeth. Underbite can cause abnormal wear to the teeth. An underbite may also cause painful jaw and joint problems.
  • Overbite: An overbite is when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. Two possible causes are genetics and poor oral hygiene. Gum disease, tooth fractures, and chipped front teeth are more likely in patients with overbites.

Contact Cosmetic Dentist J. Brent Gorrell, D.D.S. Today

To learn more about porcelain veneers and Invisalign® and how they can benefit you, please contact cosmetic dentist J. Brent Gorrell, D.D.S. today.

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