Dentures vs. Veneers

Dentures vs. Veneers

by Yenny (SU)

Strong and healthy teeth do more than enable us to chew our food and to look great when we smile – they also support our facial structure and allow us to speak clearly. Maintaining a perfect set of teeth can be challenging, as our teeth naturally discolor over time and can wear down. 

Fortunately, there are several excellent dental solutions available to keep your teeth looking great at any age. Your dentist may recommend either dentures or veneers to resolve your dental issues. Let’s talk about these two options and how they work to keep your smile looking and feeling perfect. 

What Are Dentures? 

Dentures are an affordable, durable, and popular method of tooth replacement. Either made from acrylic (plastic), porcelain, metal, or a combination of materials, they replace or repair lost or degraded teeth in a patient’s mouth. They are removable, but you may opt to use dental adhesives to help them stay in place.

Dentures are typically recommended for their affordability and for patients who have a weak jawbone. Full or partial dentures are available, depending on the patient’s number of missing teeth. If you are missing teeth, you may want to discuss this option with your dentist.

How Do Dental Veneers Work?

Veneers do not replace teeth but instead resolve cosmetic tooth problems related to teeth discoloration, chipping, pitting, gapping, or cracking. They are made of a high-grade porcelain material which resists staining. 

A patient will generally have veneers placed only over the front teeth that show when you smile, and only over the teeth that need to be corrected. The veneers are fastened onto each tooth individually by the dentist via strong dental glue. Your dentist will first slightly shave down each tooth that is having a veneer in order to make room for the thin film of porcelain. 

Since dental veneers are individually sculpted in a lab to fit and match your teeth, they look completely natural. With veneers, anyone can hide tooth imperfections while protecting their natural teeth beneath them.

Oral Care Differences for Dentures and Veneers

Dentures and dental veneers address different dental problems – dentures replace teeth, while veneers are primarily cosmetic. 

Veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth, so they should be treated as your regular teeth and brushed and flossed regularly. Just like with your natural teeth, never use your teeth as tools – if you do, you’re liable to damage the veneers.

In contrast, dentures are removable. It is recommended that you maintain them by doing the following: 

  • Wash dentures after eating.
  • Brush them daily, at the same time you brush your teeth.
  • Soak the dentures overnight to keep them clean.
  • Rinse the dentures after soaking.

Dentures and Veneers in Eugene, OR 

There are many benefits to having dentures and veneers. They are two very different treatments for differing dental problems – dentures actually replace teeth, while veneers fill gaps and address cosmetic concerns. If you have missing, chipped, or stained teeth, contact our team at 360 Dental.

Our dental team is led by Dr. Ari Binder, and we are committed to serving you and your whole family with the utmost comfort and patient-centered care. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, call us today at (541) 689-1645 or fill out our appointment request form online. We look forward to helping you get that perfect set of teeth so that you can smile confidently!