If you’re unhappy with the look of your smile, you might have considered dental implants or veneers to change it. Both implants and veneers can help give you the smile you want, but they don’t only provide cosmetic benefits. They can also strengthen your teeth and make eating, drinking, and talking more comfortable.
Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jawbone and covered with a realistic-looking crown, while veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored material that cover the surface of the tooth. Implants replace missing teeth, while veneers can change the look of existing teeth.
Contact your dentist, or contact Columbia Smiles to find out if dental implants or veneers are right for you.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements. The process of placing a dental implant can take several months, beginning with X-rays to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
First, a metal post is placed into a hole in the jawbone. Over a period of several months, the jawbone will grow into this post, creating a solid base for your new tooth. Then, your dentist can place an abutment before finally placing a custom-made crown that will look and function like a real tooth.
Your dentist might recommend that you receive a dental implant if you:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Have a strong jawbone
- Take good care of your teeth and gums
- Do not use tobacco products
- Are willing to commit several months to the implant process
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are very thin shells made out of either porcelain or resin that are applied to the surface of the teeth. They are custom-made to fit your smile and can improve the appearance of teeth that are:
- Worn down
- Oddly shaped
Some individuals have veneers applied to only a few of their teeth, such as teeth that are smaller than the others or that are broken. However, some people choose to have veneers placed on all of their teeth, creating a uniform appearance.
The process of placing veneers on the teeth involves reshaping the existing teeth, taking an impression of them, and bonding custom-made veneers to the teeth. The process of making the veneers can take up to several weeks, while the bonding process is painless and can be completed in a short visit to your dentist.
Choosing Between Implants and Veneers
Dental implants are typically recommended for those who have lost a tooth due to an injury or infection. They are a more permanent option than a dental bridge or dentures. Many individuals try a temporary tooth replacement option before dental implants.
Unlike dental implants, veneers are only an option for those who have not lost their teeth. Veneers can be applied to help strengthen existing teeth or to change their appearance. Your dentist can help you decide if porcelain or resin veneers are right for you, and can also help you decide on the shape and color of the veneers.
Contact Columbia Smiles Today for an Appointment
If you want to change your smile with the help of dental implants or veneers, reach out to Columbia Smiles today. Our dental practice provides both general dentistry services and cosmetic dentistry procedures to give you a healthy smile that makes you feel confident.
Our dentists can help determine whether implants, crowns, or veneers are right for you. They’ll conduct X-rays to look for any potential issues and can help you craft a smile you’ll love.
Make an appointment for a cleaning or consultation today. Columbia Smiles has helped Howard County residents keep their teeth and gums healthy for over 35 years–discover the difference our team can make. Reach out at 410.690.4855 or contact us online to learn more.