Implants or veneers? Which is better?
Everybody wants perfect, straight, shiny, and white teeth. Humans love to smile, and feeling embarrassed to do so can be devastating, and have a profound impact on your day-to-day life.
If you’re having problems with your smile, and are considering your options to fix them, it can be tricky to know where to start. Developments in cosmetic dental procedures over the last few years mean we now have many more options than we ever have before. How do we know which one to choose?
Two of the most popular options for smile restoration are implants and porcelain veneers. These aren’t interchangeable, and which is best will depend on what your problems are.
For more information about both of these treatment options, visit Shallowford Family Dental Group.
Dental Implants Explained
Put simply, veneers enhance the appearance of your smile, and implants replace damaged or missing teeth.
If you have missing or damaged teeth, bone loss, or receding gums, implants are a great option, as they provide an anchor that artificial teeth can then be attached to. When teeth are missing, the jaw bone begins to recede and continues to do so unless tooth roots are present. Dental implants provide a ‘root’ to prevent bone loss, improving the look and functionality of your mouth when compared to dentures.
Implants are generally very durable and can last years. However, normal wear and tear may mean they need to be tightened occasionally.
If you have missing teeth, it can be easy to miss bone loss as it’s completely painless, but it’s inevitable in everyone who has missing teeth. If you have missing teeth, see your dentist as soon as possible.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have many benefits, including:
- Replacing missing teeth without damaging remaining teeth
- Solve bite issues caused by missing or damaged teeth
- Restore mouth functionality and ability to chew
- Improve confidence in smiling
- Stop bone loss caused by missing tooth roots
Dental Veneers Explained
For people who have mostly healthy teeth, but have cosmetic issues such as chips or staining, veneers are the best possible option. Small pieces of porcelain, veneers cover the front surface of your teeth to improve them aesthetically and give you that perfect Hollywood smile.
Porcelain veneers are a great way to get a fantastic smile in a very short span of time and with little pain or discomfort. They can be used for:
- Covering chips and breaks
- Closing gaps
- Covering staining or discoloration
Similar to crowns, they are applied to both the top and bottom teeth, and their appearance mimics natural teeth.
If not correctly applied to the teeth, veneers can shift and recede from the gum line. This can cause future problems such as gum disease or even tooth decay. While they will last around 15 years before needing to be repaired or replaced, veneers don’t last as long as implants (25-30 years).