The most important part of your wardrobe is your smile. It doesn’t matter if you are out with friends, or at a corporate meeting, your smile is the first thing that people notice when they meet you for the first time. If your teeth are unattractive, soiled with damage and decay, it may hinder your confidence and even your health!
There are two popular solutions when it comes to giving yourself a smile overhaul. Cosmetic dentists are able to offer both dental implants and veneers to give you the smile that you desire and the self-confidence that you deserve.
Dental implants were created to replace teeth that are missing, or teeth that are extremely decayed. Titanium implants are adhered to the jawbone, in the same fashion that the root of a tooth would be placed. When the implants are secure, artificial teeth can be placed on top of them. This can take up to six months.
Because dental implants require surgery, they are the most expensive option between the two. The artificial tooth placement itself is a fairly simple procedure, but there are multiple steps that need to be completed before that can be done. The cosmetic dentist will need to perform a comprehensive exam to determine if your jawbone is healthy enough to support the implant, and the implant will take up to six months to heal enough to support the artificial tooth.
A few benefits of dental implants include:
- Long-lasting results: Implants will last up to twenty years with proper care!
- Appearance: Implants look natural, and function as a natural tooth would.
- Relieve pain: Biting trouble and jaw pain are reduced with the help of dental implants.
- No more decay: Implants help to prevent bone loss and further deterioration.
- Improved smile: Implants align teeth, so there are no more crooked teeth to worry about!
Our other option, porcelain veneers, help to improve the smile of those looking for a cosmetic fix. Veneers will leave the patient with an impressive, natural-looking smile. Veneers mask stains, gaps, crack, and chips, and help to improve the overall function and appearance of your teeth. Veneers are made of thin porcelain that is placed over the teeth that need attention. The outer area is then bonded to endure that they don’t move or lose durability over time.
It is important to note that veneers are simply cosmetic solutions, and they do not prevent tooth decay, gum disease, or bacterial infections that can occur due to health issues. If placed improperly, veneers can shift and replacement will be necessary. This can also cause the gum line to recede.
Veneers are ideal for those looking for a quick fix for their pearly whites. While they aren’t the solution for everyone, they certainly will help to increase the confidence of the patient. After a consultation and appointment, veneers quickly restore your smile.
A few benefits of porcelain veneers are:
- Appearance: Veneers quickly hide damaged teeth.
- Symmetry: Veneers make teeth appear aligned, without unsightly gaps or crooked teeth.
- Protection: Because veneers cover damaged teeth, the enamel will not be worn any further.
- Long-lasting: With proper care, veneers can last for up to ten years!
If you are wondering which of the two solutions would work best for giving you the smile you’ve been longing for, simply contact a cosmetic dentist. They will be able to sit down with you and discuss your desires and give you a realistic approach to getting the smile you are looking for. Your health, preference, budget, and needs will all play a part in determining which option will work best for you.