If you are unhappy with your natural teeth’ health or appearance, you may be considering undergoing dental treatment to improve them. There are many options available, and sometimes knowing what’s right for you can be confusing. Let’s take a look at two popular treatments, dentures and veneers, and explore which one could be right for you.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a prosthetic solution for replacing or covering missing teeth, creating a natural-looking smile, and allowing you to go about your daily activities as normal. They can replace individual teeth or an entire arch and are removable. There are three main types of dentures:
- Conventional dentures replace an entire set of teeth. If teeth need to be removed, the gums will be given time to heal before fitting the denture.
- Immediate dentures are fitted the same day teeth are removed.
- Overdentures are the best option for people looking to replace only a few teeth. They fit over the remaining teeth and allow you to preserve your healthy teeth, which helps retain your jawbone.
What Are Dental Veneers?
A dental veneer is a thin shell, prefabricated and fixed to the tooth’s surface to improve the appearance and strength of the teeth. Veneers are typically constructed from porcelain, but they may be made from composite materials.
How Can Dentures Help Me?
Along with dental implants and dental bridges, dentures are one of the main tooth replacement treatments. If you have missing or damaged teeth due to decay, trauma, or gum disease, dentures can allow you to eat, speak, and smile as if you had a full set of healthy natural teeth.
If missing teeth are not replaced, you can suffer from jawbone decay, drooping facial muscles, and difficulty eating, talking, swallowing, and maintaining good oral hygiene.
How Can Veneers Help me?
Although dental veneers can help strengthen weak teeth, their main function is to improve aesthetics, giving you the confidence to talk and smile without embarrassment. Many people choose to have veneers if they have:
- Chipped, broken, or worn teeth.
- Discolored teeth.
- Gaps between their teeth.
- Irregular or uneven teeth.
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Dentures
Just as dentures restore natural-looking and acting teeth, they also restore the patient’s confidence and give them back a life where they can eat, speak, and laugh without issues. Some of the other benefits to this treatment include:
- They are cost-effective.
- Unlike other tooth replacement options, you can have them even if you don’t have healthy gums or a strong jawbone.
- They are easy to clean.
As with any treatment, dentures come with some drawbacks:
- They need to be replaced over time due to changes in the facial structure; however, this is a simple process.
- They can take some time to get used to, affecting your speech and chewing capabilities.
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Veneers
Many people dislike the way their teeth look. Veneers can solve this problem. Other benefits include:
- They look realistic.
- They are durable and stain-resistant.
- They are easily shaped and colored to match surrounding teeth.
Some drawbacks you should consider before getting veneers are:
- They are more expensive than dentures.
- If you have unhealthy teeth, you may not be a good candidate.
- Because fitting veneers requires tooth enamel removal, you may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
- They are irreversible.
What Are Your Dental Goals?
Dentures and veneers are successful and popular treatments for varying dental issues; however, they are quite different, offering different benefits. In general, veneers are best for people looking to improve the appearance of teeth, while dentures are more suited for people with missing or damaged teeth.
For more information about dentures and veneers or discuss which would be the best option for your smile, contact TruBlu Dentistry today to schedule an initial consultation.