Smiling is not only an expression of warmth or joy, it is also a way to connect with other people. The quality of your smile can determine whether you land that job, attract or repel your date, or get someone to buy your product. Your smile can project confidence, communicate that you can be trusted and that you are great company. If you have flaws in your smile, then you are more likely to lose out on a job, repel than attract a date, and lose a potential client. Instead of projecting confidence, your smile will recede as you wrestle with its imperfections. Instead of looking like great company, you look like someone with serious health issues. Fixing your smile is so important to the quality of your life. Of the options out there, people wrestle with whether they should get veneers or implants in order to improve their smile. Let’s examine the case for each.
Dental implants are used as part of a restorative course of treatment. They are used where a patient is missing teeth or has broken or decaying teeth. The procedure is not particularly invasive and involves screwing on implants onto a jawbone. After 6 or so months, when the implant has fused with the jawbone, a crown is placed on top of the implant. The result looks completely natural and has the advantage of not decaying.
Veneers, on the other hand, are a purely cosmetic procedure. They are applied to the enamel of the teeth in order to accentuate their aesthetic appeal. The idea is that if your teeth have yellowed or become discolored, veneers can be applied to give your teeth a natural, white look. Veneers can be undertaken by people who do not have any serious dental issues. When you get implants, on the other hand, then something will clearly have gone very wrong with your dental health and implants are a way of addressing that.
The main conclusion here is that implants are restorative, while veneers are about accentuating a smile.
When you get implants, you never have to worry about cavities on that implant. Implants are made out of very durable materials. They will still be subject to staining, the build-up of tartar, or the accumulation of plaque, but as for cavities, that door is closed. So you will still have to maintain the usual dental routine, brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and using mouthwash. Without a regular dental routine, you can get periodontal disease, making your implant useless. Having implant dentistry done is not an excuse for bad oral hygiene, it is an opportunity to reset the clock on your oral health.
Veneers are made from composite materials, largely porcelain, so they are also resistant to decay. Again, you will need to have a regular dental routine, otherwise, you will experience tooth decay or some other dental issues. Whatever option you choose, you have to maintain good dental hygiene.