Invisalign or Bonding — Which Is Best for You?

Crooked teeth need to be straightened; chipped teeth need to be repaired; and there are very specific treatments to correct these problems. But some treatments address the same problem in a different way, and you have a choice to make. Gaps between your teeth fall into this category.

Benjamin C. Wang, DMD, at Centerport Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Portland, Oregon, guides you through the decision process, bringing the wisdom and expertise of his years of experience to the table. He evaluates your dental condition and discusses your options so you can make an informed decision that will turn up the volume on your smile.

What can dental bonding do?

Made of a composite material, dental bonding covers imperfections in your teeth. If you don’t like the shape or size of your teeth or you have small cracks or chips, bonding is the way to go. 

Dr. Wang can repair or resize a tooth with bonding in a single visit, so there’s no need to carve out time for multiple appointments. Of course, if you need several teeth bonded, you may need to come see us more than once. 

Dental bonding is a pretty sturdy restoration that generally lasts up to five years, as long as you take care of it with regular brushing and flossing and are careful not to stain it with food and drink.

What can Invisalign® do?

Invisalign is a nearly invisible, removable dental appliance you wear for about 22 hours a day to straighten your teeth. It’s the first real alternative to traditional braces and is just as effective in most cases.

The Invisalign system includes a series of trays that cover your teeth and gradually move them into alignment. Although they are pliable and comfortable, they are sturdy enough to control your teeth. 

This process is aided by the patented SmartTrack® material that makes the appliance fit your teeth snuggly without slippage. In turn, this allows your Invisalign tray to apply gentle but constant force in the right direction. In many cases, the aesthetic goal can be reached faster with Invisalign than with traditional metal braces, and you have the added bonus of being able to remove them when you eat and drink.

Which is better for closing gaps in teeth?

Both bonding and Invisalign can help you close the gap or gaps between your teeth, but your individual circumstances may call for one over the other.

If your gap is the result of a tooth that’s too small or misshapen, the answer is to use dental bonding to add bulk to your tooth and close the gap. This often occurs to the left or right of your top front teeth. 

If your adult canine tooth or incisor never erupted and you still have a baby tooth in its place, bonding can take care of this as well.

When the gap is between your two front teeth, the decision gets a little trickier. Both bonding and Invisalign can potentially solve this problem, but it depends on the width of the gap and the reason it exists. If the rest of your teeth are well-aligned and the only gap you have is right up front, chances are you just need to add a little width with dental bonding. But if the gap is wide and caused by alignment issues, Invisalign is the better choice.

Finally, if you have extra space between most or all of your teeth, Invisalign is the way to go as it brings all your teeth back together and protects them from bacteria, gum disease, and decay.

Whichever treatment you choose, Dr. Wang is always the right choice when it comes to selecting the best expert. He was one of the first to bring Invisalign to the Portland area and is well-versed in the far-reaching benefits of this innovative treatment. However, he also knows that not everyone needs Invisalign to solve their dental issues, and will direct you to the faster, more economical bonding option when it’s best.

To learn more about which treatment is right for your teeth, schedule a visit with Dr. Wang today by calling our office or scheduling an appointment online.

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