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Veneers vs. dentures

While both veneers and dentures transform your smile, it’s important to consider the differences when looking at veneers vs. dentures. Let’s compare the two so you can make the best choice for you.

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What’s the difference between veneers and dentures?

When choosing between veneers vs. dentures, you’ll want to evaluate the pros and cons of each. Let’s take a look at the key differences between the two so you can determine what’s right for you.

Comparing veneers vs. dentures



Use Veneers are bonded to the front surface of existing teeth Dentures replace missing teeth
FunctionPrimarily for cosmetic enhancement to conceal issues like discoloration, gaps, chips, misaligned teeth, or the treatment of cavitiesIdeal for extensive tooth loss, restoring both function and appearance
MaterialMade from porcelain, ceramic or composite resinMade from durable acrylic or nylon resins
Type Temporary (snap-on), composite resin bonded and lab fabricated traditional veneersFull mouth dentures replace all teeth, while partial dentures replace several missing teeth

Veneers vs. dentures vs. implants

When considering dentures, veneers and implants, factors like health, budget and your own personal smile goals can impact your decision. Explore the pros and cons below and see what’s right for you.

Pros and cons of veneers

All about aesthetics



Tooth preservation: Minimal alteration to natural teethIrreversible: Some enamel is removed when applied
Removability: Non-removable, permanently affixedCost: Veneers can be expensive and are not always covered by dental insurance
Maintenance: Standard oral hygiene careNon-repairable: Replacement is required if veneers are damaged
Durability: Long-lasting with proper maintenanceOral health risk: Potential for tooth decay under gums

Pros and cons of dentures

Go-to teeth replacement solution



Affordability: Dentures are one of the most economical solutions to effectively restore your smileDiscomfort: Can take time getting used to dentures
Removability: Easily removable for cleaning and sleepingMaintenance: Requires regular cleaning and occasional professional adjustments
Maintenance: General easy to clean as part of your routine oral hygiene careSpeaking limitations: Can potentially pose a challenge when talking
Durability: Can last up to 7 years. Lifespan depends on the quality of Eating limitations: Dentures may limit the types of food you can eat, avoiding anything too hard or sticky

Pros of implants

Natural-feeling, non-removable smile solution.

Implants preserve bone density because there is minimal impact on adjacent teeth

Non-removable, firmly anchored in the jawbone

Clean like your natural teeth

Longest lasting, permanent solution that most closely resembles your natural smile

Cons of implants

Requires surgery and an extended recovery time

More expensive than other tooth-replacement options and insurance may not cover the cost

There is a potential for complications, like infection or prolonged healing time

Patients with certain medical conditions or insufficient bone density may not be candidates for implants

FAQs: Veneers vs. dentures

The choice between dentures and veneers, whether porcelain veneers or composite veneers, depends on your specific oral health needs. Ask your dentist to see which option may be best for you.

Dentures replace missing teeth, while veneers enhance the aesthetics of existing teeth. Also, dentures are removable, while porcelain veneers and composite veneers are not.

Veneers vs. dentures: Which is right for you?

Your dentist knows just what your unique smile needs—contact your local Aspen Dental to determine which solution is right for you.