Dental Implants Or Veneers: Which Is Better?

Are you unhappy with your smile and looking for a solution to enhance it? Dental implants and veneers are two popular options that can transform the appearance of your teeth. But which one is right for you? Each is very different regarding the types of smile issues they address.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into your jaw to hold replacement teeth in place. They can be used to replace one or more missing teeth.

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your natural teeth to mask imperfections that are only cosmetic in nature.

Of course, that’s just the quick answer, let’s compare each treatment side-by-side.

Cost: Dental implants typically cost more than veneers. However, they may be partially covered by dental insurance if they are considered medically necessary. Veneers are usually considered cosmetic and are not typically covered by insurance, but cost less than dental implants.

Longevity: Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care. Veneers typically last 10-15 years before they need to be replaced.

Appearance: Both dental implants and veneers can give you a beautiful smile. However, dental implants look and feel more like natural teeth than veneers.

Function: Dental implants function just like natural teeth. You can eat and drink whatever you want without worry. Veneers may require some changes in your diet to avoid damaging them. Veneers also don’t correct actual dental problems, only cosmetic imperfections. You cannot correct dental problems such as failing teeth with veneers, only dental implants can replace teeth. Remember it like this— dental implants restore function and perfect appearance, and veneers only give the illusion of perfect teeth.

Now that you know a bit about both options let’s look at them closely to determine what’s best for your situation.

Benefits of Dental Implants

If you are considering getting dental implants, you should be familiar with what you’re getting into and what the benefits are. Here are some of the top benefits of dental implants:

  1. They are permanent. Once they are placed, they will remain in your mouth for the rest of your life. This is unlike dentures or veneers, which can become loose over time and need to be replaced.
  2. Implants look and feel natural. They will blend in with your existing teeth and nobody will be able to tell that you have them.
  3. Their durability is unmatched. They can easily last a lifetime with proper care.
  4. You can improve your oral health. Unlike dentures, which can cause gum irritation, dental implants will not irritate your gums or put pressure on them. This can lead to better oral health overall. They also support your jawbone preventing it from eroding away due to missing teeth.
  5. You’ll regain your confidence. You will no longer have to worry about your teeth falling out or being embarrassed by your smile.

Benefits of Veneers

Veneers are a popular choice for many people who are looking to improve the cosmetic appearance of their smile. They are made of thin porcelain shells that are custom-made to fit over your existing teeth. Veneers can be used to correct a variety of cosmetic concerns, including gaps, chips, and stains.

One of the biggest benefits of veneers is that they can give you a completely new smile in just a few weeks. Unlike dental implants, which can take several months to complete, veneers can be placed quickly and easily. Additionally, veneers are much less expensive than dental implants, making them a more affordable option for many people.

However, implants and veneers address two very different issues and while dental implants can give you everything veneers can—veneers simply can’t.

Implants actually replace failed teeth with a perfected smile that also restores function and form. Veneers only hide surface-level blemishes and irregularities.

So, in all honesty, comparing the two is like apples to oranges for the most part.

Eligibility &  Care Requirements For Dental Implants & Veneers

Now just because you want implants or veneers, doesn’t mean they are right for you or even a possibility. To be eligible for implants, you must have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implant. You must also be committed to oral hygiene and regular dental visits. smokers, heavy drinkers, and people with certain medical conditions may not be good candidates for dental implants.

To be eligible for veneers, you must have healthy teeth and gums. Your teeth must also be free of decay and damage. Veneers can also be used to cover up stains or discoloration.

Maintenance & Care for Dental Implants & Veneers

Neither of these two treatments are something you get done and never have to maintain. Just like your teeth, they need regular care as well.

When it comes to caring for your smile, it is important to take into consideration both the health of your teeth and gums, as well as the cosmetic appearance of your teeth. Depending on which dental treatment you have received, your oral care routine may be different. Here are some tips on how to care for dental implants and veneers:

Dental Implants

  • It is important to brush and floss your teeth twice a day to avoid plaque buildup around the implant.
  • Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush such as a Brevi toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.
  • If you notice any redness or swelling around the implant, be sure to contact us right away as this could be an indication of an infection.
  • It is also important to visit Dr. Monarres regularly for checkups and cleanings.


  • Veneers are made of porcelain or composite resin, which makes them more susceptible to staining than natural teeth. It is important to avoid dark-colored foods and drinks (coffee, tea, red wine) as well as cigarettes to keep your veneers looking their best.
  • Brush with a nonabrasive toothpaste at least twice a day and floss once a day to remove plaque buildup and prevent staining.

Considering Dental Implants? Come See Us!

Dental implants and veneers both have their advantages and address the same issue—a broken smile, but in different ways. As a general rule of thumb, implants are the best option if you need to restore or replace missing teeth. They improve your oral health and help maintain the shape of your face, so naturally, it’s a bit more invasive. However, it’s still a relatively painless procedure that gives the cosmetic benefits of veneers as well.  However, if you only need an aesthetic improvement to your smile and your teeth are otherwise healthy—porcelain veneers might be the better choice.

Ultimately, it’s up to you as an individual to decide which treatment will give you the results that make sense for your lifestyle and budget.

We specialize in dental implants here at Stone Ridge Dental. So, if you’re looking for one of the best in the dental implant field—you’ll find Dr. Monarres here and ready to change your life!

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