If you are looking to refresh your smile, and feel confident about your teeth, both veneers and implants can give you the results you are looking for. Choosing between the two options will depend on the current condition of your teeth, your long term dental requirements and how much you are looking to spend on your smile.
Dental veneers are most often used to enhance your overall aesthetics and the look of your smile, by placing a new layer over your existing teeth. Dental implants however, are man-made implants designed to secure your replacement teeth naturally, as well as giving you a brighter, whiter smile. Both options can leave you with teeth that look as good as they feel.
Would Veneers Be The right Choice For Me?
If you are looking to improve the overall appearance of your teeth in a short period of time, dental veneers are a great option. Applied over the existing tooth, the veneer mimics the look and feel of natural teeth. One of the most common reasons that people choose dental veneers is to achieve a whiter smile, especially when other methods such as teeth whiteners and bleaching do not work for them. Patients whose teeth are broken, chipped, worn down, misaligned, irregularly shaped, or uneven can also achieve dramatic improvements using dental veneers.
Veneers are available in a choice of composite or porcelain finishes, both of which can dramatically enhance the look of your teeth when professionally applied.
Fabricated in a laboratory, porcelain veneers offer a bespoke solution to teeth that have lost their sparkle and shape. They are resistant to stains, and just like real teeth, they reflect the light to give you a gleaming smile. Using very thin shells that adhere to the front of your teeth, porcelain veneers can make your teeth look permanently whiter, straighter and better than ever before.
Composite Veneers (or composite bonding) are used to improve the color, shape, position, alignment, and in certain cases, the texture of teeth to give you the smile you have always dreamt of having. Unlike their porcelain counterparts, composite veneers require little or no drilling to the teeth, and can often be completed in just one visit to the dentist.
Because the tooth structure is not altered, composite veneers can be removed or replaced as often as needed. But, with regular care and a great dental hygiene program your composite veneers could last you for many trouble-free years to come.
When Should I Consider Implants?
Dental implants offer a reconstructive solution when traditional dentures are not wanted. While veneers can help to correct misshapen or worn down teeth, they cannot replace an entire tooth. If you need to enhance your smile using more than just cosmetic dentistry options, and don’t want dentures, it may be time to consider implants.
Dental implants offer a strong and permanent solution. Made from titanium, they are surgically inserted into the jawbone to act as replacement for missing teeth, giving you back your beautiful smile. Dental implants become a foundation for replacement teeth designed by a dentist and are the closest thing a dentist can provide to mimicking the root of a natural tooth. Once your implant has healed, our dentist will fit an artificial tooth or a crown to give you a full set of teeth that are as functional as they are beautiful.
If you would like to find out more about veneers or implants, all fitted by our exceptional Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Jenifer C. Back, call us today on (941) 927-5411 to find out more.