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Dental implants and veneers are two of the most popular treatments in the field of cosmetic dentistry today. This is because both procedures are aimed at giving patients a complete smile makeover – and while the techniques are very different – both treatments transform and significantly enhance dental aesthetics. This is why many patients often have trouble choosing between the two – luckily our team at DDII Dentist Gosford always goes the extra mile in helping patients understand each and every treatment, its goals, outcome and benefits, so you can make the right choice when needed!

What are dental veneers and how do they work?

Dental veneers are commonly known as porcelain laminates. The treatment involves placement of custom fabricated fine porcelain shells on to the front surface of all the teeth that are exposed when a person smiles. These shells hide most dental irregularities such as unsightly cracks, chipped edges, uneven margins, previous restorations, fractures, sign of tooth wear, pits, size and shape discrepancies, staining, generalised discoloration, and gaps. The shells are made using high quality, polished porcelain which when cemented on to the teeth, give patients a stunning new ‘Hollywood’ smile.

Dental veneers require teeth preparation before they can be cemented. For this purpose, teeth are trimmed down to the required size. An impression is then taken of these prepared teeth. This impression is then used to create porcelain laminates for the patient.

When the patient returns to the clinic, these laminates are bonded on to the frontal, or facial surfaces of the teeth using strong dental cements.

  • Dental veneers offer a complete smile makeover within two dental appointments
  • They are made to look and feel completely natural in the oral cavity
  • Tooth preparation for veneering means that you will be losing healthy tooth structure to make space for final laminate cementation.
  • Patients need to be careful while biting into or chewing hard foods because they may fracture the veneers
  • Veneers can be cleaned using normal brushing and flossing techniques.
  • Veneers only conceal dental irregularities, they do not treat them.

What are dental implants and how do they work?

Dental implants are currently considered as the best, most reliable replacement for missing teeth in the oral cavity. Unlike veneers, they do not only serve the purpose of enhancing the aesthetics of the smile – and offer countless functional benefits to patients. An implant is made up of two components, the lower screw-like half, which replaces the root of a missing tooth, is known as the implant and is usually fabricated using titanium; and the upper half which replaces the part of the tooth visible in the oral cavity, is known as crown and is fabricated using porcelain or zirconia.

The implant is first surgically embedded into the jaw bone, underneath the gum. This portion integrates, or fuses with the surrounding bone to give the structure a firm foundation. When the required amount of fusion has been achieved, the crown is then fixed on top of the implant, thus completing the treatment. 

Apart from improving the appearance of the smile following tooth loss, dental implants also promote optimal bone health, facial muscle integrity, prevent teeth from drifting mesially in the oral cavity, and restore patient’s ability to eat and chew just about anything they like! 

Which is cheaper, dental implants or veneers?

With the pros and cons of both treatments in plain view, it is safe to say that dental implants are a better financial investment than veneers. This is because veneers need to be replaced every ten years, and even sooner in case of fractures. Their cost thus goes up exponentially over time. Dental implants on the other hand are a one-time expense and will continue to benefit you for the rest of your life.