One of the questions we get frequently at NewSmile® is whether invisible aligners can be used on veneer teeth. As aligners are most commonly used by adults, and adults often have other cosmetic dental work done, it’s a fair question. So, in the interest of putting concerns to rest, here are some answers.
Dental veneers are thin shells or wafers made of porcelain that are adhered to teeth to improve their appearance. Much like veneer used in the construction of furniture, they’re designed to give the front of a tooth a healthy and attractive appearance. They’re used to correct a number of problems, such as:
Dental veneers are designed to be a semi-permanent solution, lasting between seven and fifteen years on average. As long as they are properly applied, it’s rare for veneers to be loosened or fall off early. The porcelain is stain resistant and reasonably durable, holding up under most wear and tear. People who grind their teeth or clench their jaw frequently, however, may not be good candidates for veneers, as they can chip or crack under those conditions.
One of the biggest advantages invisible aligners have over traditional braces is the fact that they’re less aggressive. Braces have to be adhered to teeth, using similar adhesive to what’s used to bond the veneer. Since veneers cover the front of the tooth, and that’s where the braces brackets go, that means the brackets are adhered to the veneers, which are adhered to the teeth.
This can cause a number of problems. First, the adhesive can discolour and deform the veneer. Second, braces can be dislodged under certain circumstances (like when an eager 11-year-old forgets he can’t eat the caramel in his Halloween candy). Since the bonding on the braces is the same as what’s on the veneer, it’s just as likely for the veneer to come loose as it is for the brackets.
Aligners are different. They’re not adhered to the teeth, and they’re removable, meaning there’s nothing pulling on the veneer. What’s more, the pressure from the aligners is less severe than the pressure from braces, mostly because it’s distributed across the whole tooth. In other words, as long as your veneers were installed properly, you won’t have any problems.
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