Dentures vs Veneers

Do you find yourself avoiding showing your teeth in photos? Or feeling the need to cover your mouth when talking or laughing?

If you are self-conscious about teeth that are chipped, discoloured, deformed, crooked or simply missing, you are not alone. But there are a number of cosmetic solutions you could consider, including dentures and veneer teeth.

What cosmetic dentistry options are available?

It’s not just about improving your smile and regaining self-confidence – damaged teeth can affect your oral health too. Your dentist will help you decide which of these options is best for your particular situation:

  • Bleaching – whitens discoloured teeth using a special bleach
  • Bonding – uses a tooth-coloured filling to repair chipped teeth
  • Braces – straighten overcrowded or overlapping teeth with braces and plates
  • Bridges – feature a series of caps supported by teeth either side of missing teeth
  • Composite resin fillings – are tooth-coloured to look more natural than silver fillings
  • Crowns – are caps that are permanently bonded over damaged teeth
  • Dentures – are used to replace multiple missing teeth or entire sets
  • Implants – are artificial teeth attached to the jaw by titanium screws
  • Veneers – sculptured coatings bonded to the front of your teeth

What are dentures?

Dentures are ‘false teeth’ made of acrylic or porcelain, held together by an acrylic plate. Dentures can be classified as either:

  • Full: when replacing all teeth, or
  • Partial: to fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth. 

Dentures are custom designed to fit your mouth for a natural look and comfortable feel. They can be adjusted by your dentist, if needed, to ensure an ongoing correct fit. 

It is normal to feel a bit anxious about dentures. If have any questions or concerns you should speak to your dentist or dental professional. 

What are veneers?

Veneers are very thin porcelain or resin sculptured layers that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They hide discoloured teeth and can also be used to cover up oddly shaped or crooked teeth.

To ensure even thickness and a natural look, an equivalent depth of tooth enamel (approx. 0.5 mm) has to be removed from the front and bottom of the teeth the veneers are being applied to.

Porcelain veneers generally last longer than resin veneers but can be prone to damage through habits such as nail biting.

What is the difference between dentures and veneers?

The simple difference between dentures and veneers is that dentures replace missing teeth while veneers are attached to existing teeth. 

Depending on which type you choose, dentures can either be implanted, rest on your gums, or attached by a clasp to an existing tooth. Veneers are a permanent dental treatment and their colour cannot be altered or improved once they are applied. 

And whilst both are made from similar materials, only dentures can be cleaned with Polident as they are removable.

Your dentist or health expert can also assist you on what is be best for you.