Thinking about getting a smile makeover with your cosmetic dentist? In The Woodlands and Conroe, many people turn to our experienced dental implant expert, Dr. Kip Saunders.
Depending on what your smile needs are and what you want it to look like in the future, you have a variety of cosmetic dentistry options to choose from. Two of the most popular are porcelain veneers and dental implants.
Implants and veneers both play uniquely different roles when it comes to smile makeovers. The two are quite different from one another. Understanding the benefits of each will help you make an educated decision about your cosmetic dentistry experience.
Porcelain Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are a cosmetic dentistry treatment that is used on healthy, stable teeth. Unlike fillings or crowns, veneers bond to the front of teeth to change the way they look. In many situations, a veneer is preferred for minor to moderate aesthetic concerns like:
- Gaps between teeth
- Chipped enamel
- Uneven or irregular shaped teeth
- Cosmetic discoloration
- Crooked teeth
Some people refer to veneers as “instant braces” because of how they appear to fix issues like crowding or gaps between teeth. In reality, your smile is the same, but what people see from the outside is entirely different.
Unfortunately, dental veneers cannot help to address one serious cosmetic concern: missing teeth. A veneer relies on a sound, relatively healthy tooth in order to support it. So, if you have badly deteriorated teeth that need to be extracted and replaced, you’ll need to find another cosmetic solution to fill in the space.
Dental implants are “artificial” tooth replacements that are shaped to look and feel like a real tooth. They’re used to fill in the open spaces created by tooth loss and extractions.
Bonus: implants support customized porcelain crowns or bridges. That way you can aesthetically enhance your smile at the same time you replace a missing tooth.
Each implant crown or bridge is crafted from durable porcelain materials that blend in with your overall smile. A cosmetic dentist can specify the exact color, shade, and shape of the final implant restoration. That way the end results look and feel natural.
Implants are only recommended if a tooth needs to be replaced altogether. So, if you have a relatively healthy, sound tooth with minor structural damage, implants may not be the best option. However, they can be placed next to healthy teeth, as they’re non-invasive to adjacent tooth structures. That’s why most dental experts recommend implants over a traditional dental bridge.
Best Implant Dentist
In The Woodlands and Conroe, dental implant patients entrust their smiles to Dr. Kip Saunders. Dr. Saunders has over three decades of experience in specialized treatments like smile makeovers and dental implants. Working closely with our patients helps us to achieve the look you’re searching for, regardless of how many missing teeth you need to replace.
For a smile experience that’s as unique as you are, call our office to request a one-on-one consultation.