You would be surprised at the number of people who are not happy with their teeth. They shy away from smiling in photos and even lack the confidence to be themselves around new people. Low self-esteem from poor oral health can result in missed opportunities in many facets of life.
If you’re determined to get a set of pearly whites of which you can be proud, then you may be wondering what options are available. There are many, including dental implants and veneers. But if you’re trying to decide which will work for you, then how do you choose? Read on to learn more.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an option for those who have a severely damaged, decayed, or missing tooth. Your dentist may not be able to save your tooth but may be able to replace it with an implant. An implant is a titanium root that a dentist inserts into your jawbone below the gumline. A natural-looking tooth is then attached to the top of it.
A dental implant functions the same as your natural tooth. You can chew with it, smile with confidence, and brush it as you usually would. No one would ever know unless you told them that it’s not your tooth.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are an option for those who have chipped, cracked, damaged, gappy, or stained teeth not beyond repair. Your dentist may not see the need for an extraction and dental implant, but they might recommend a thin, porcelain dental veneer that adheres to your natural tooth.
A dental veneer is fitted and shaped to your natural tooth so that it looks as natural as your others. It can improve the appearance of your teeth, the shape, and the colour.
Why Would I Choose a Dental Implant?
Sometimes, a tooth can be so badly damaged that there is no easy or safe way to fix it properly. A dentist may recommend an extraction, but then you will have a gap left behind. If you don’t fill that gap, your other teeth will try to fill it which can alter your jawbone. Some people also experience speech problems and a change in their facial shape as a result. Rather than leave the gap, a dental implant is put in your extracted tooth’s place.
Why Would I Choose a Dental Veneer?
Your dentist may believe that your natural tooth is worth saving. It might just have a chip, discolouration, a minor crack, or it might just be misaligned. There is no reason to pull out a perfectly healthy tooth if there is another option. A dental veneer could be your dentist’s recommendation.
If you are not happy with your teeth for any reason, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your dentist. They can help you work out which procedure is the best option for that set of pearly whites you always dreamed of.