Finding Your Best Smile: Should You Choose Veneers or Implants?

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How many teeth do you have in your mouth? The normal number of teeth in an adult human’s mouth is 32. 

According to a national study, adults ages 20-64 have an average of 24.92 teeth remaining after losing teeth for one reason or another. 

Keeping yourself healthy is a good way to protect your teeth and keep them in your mouth which will also result in a younger looking you. 

Losing a tooth may have happened in spite of healthy living and now you are debating veneers vs implants, cost of veneers vs crowns, and the difference between dentures and veneers. 

To answer those questions, you’ll need to decide if you want to fix your tooth’s appearance or replace the whole tooth. Let’s look at the difference and you can choose: veneers or implants? 

Veneers vs Implants

Depending on your dental issue, one of these will apply to you more than the other. Your dentist can evaluate your problem and offer the best solution. Let’s take a look at the differences and the cost of each. 

What Is the Difference?

Dental implants are just that. They are implanted in the space made vacant by a missing tooth. 

Dental implants are also used for cases of bone loss or receding gums. Implants are man-made to mimic the tooth’s root to hold replacement teeth. 

Dental implants last for years and years and are a more permanent solution. 

Veneers, on the other hand, are used for aesthetic reasons. If you are looking to improve your smile because of chips, stains, or gaps in your teeth, veneers will do the trick.

Veneers are a thin porcelain that covers the front of your teeth for an improved smile. Your smile will be looking better in no time. 

Veneers require replacement every ten years or so. 

How Much Do Veneers Cost?

Porcelain veneers cost anywhere from $1000 to $2500 per tooth. There is also a composite veneer that has a lower cost of $250 to $1500 per tooth but does not last as long, needing replacement in 5 to 7 years. 

Partial veneers cost less than veneers for all of your teeth and are probably done more often. 

How Much Do Implants Cost?

For single tooth replacement, you can expect to pay between $3000 and $5000. When cared for properly, implants can last a lifetime. 

The initial expense is more but may cost less over a lifetime. 

Does Insurance Cover Either Option?

Some insurance plans will cover the cost of dental implants or at least part of the procedure like anesthesia or the removal of a tooth. 

Since veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure, they are not covered by insurance plans. 

Which One Is Right for You?

Now you know the difference between veneers and implants. Which one is right for your particular case? Make the decision that will have you feeling confident again.

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Olivia is psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs. She is passionate writer, a traveler and conscious consumer, seeking healthy and sustainable products to incorporate into the lives of her family. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

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