Dental Implants vs. Veneers: What’s the Difference?


Think you’re a candidate for cosmetic dental work? Take a fresh look at dental implants and veneers. Today’s science has improved dental restoration light years beyond what used to be available. These are both great procedures to get you smiling, chewing, and looking better than ever!

We’re here to help you choose the right procedure for you. For people with damaged, missing, or misaligned teeth, we offer dental implants and veneers among our many treatment options. Let’s talk about why one of these options may be right for you.

Dental Implants

Think of dental implants as permanent replacement teeth. They sit comfortably in your mouth, so they feel like real teeth. The porcelain crown looks just like a real tooth, too. When you’ve lost or broken a tooth, or simply have significant gaps between teeth, dental implants offer the most permanent solution.

We generally recommend dental implants rather than veneers for patients with more significant tooth damage or problems that threaten to spread to other teeth.

Pros of implants:

  • Replace all parts of the tooth, from inside the gumsa complete fix from the bottom up!
  • Implants stay put. No need to take them out at night like dentures.
  • Eat any foods you want!
  • Get the best smile of your life, with an all-natural appearance.
  • Receive your implants in one visit with My Teeth Today™.

Cons of implants:

  • Requires surgery; healing times vary for different people and different procedures.
  • Often more expensive than other procedures.

Dental Veneers

Veneers give you a healthy smile when you’re troubled by gaps, discoloration, and other sorts of cosmetic issues. We use veneers made of porcelain in realistic shades of white for a natural look. Veneers are also custom fitted for comfort and easy cleaning.

Pros of veneers:

  • Solves a variety of problems at once: yellowing, cracks, gaps, and more!
  • Looks like real teeth: beautiful color and just the right amount of light reflection.
  • Lasts years and years without replacement.
  • The procedure is simple and does not require actual surgery.
  • Only two visits are necessary.

Cons of veneers:

  • A very thin portion of enamel must be removed before the veneer is attached. This helps the veneer fit perfectly, but you won’t want to remove the veneer later without replacing it.
  • Treats cosmetic issues but not more significant, health-related dental conditions.

Still wondering which you need? Usually there is one best answer. If you would benefit from either implants or veneers, My Family Dentistry can help you decide which restoration technique is right for you.

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