If you want to improve your overall smile, you may be interested in getting dental implants or veneers. The short answer is that dental implants replace a missing tooth or set of teeth, while veneers act like a new exterior to existing teeth. Here, we’ll discuss dental implants vs. veneers, how they impact your dental health, and what you can expect from each procedure in Miami. 

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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are replacement teeth. Implants attach directly to your jawbone via an anchor that is surgically implanted. Dental implants can replace a single tooth or a row of teeth depending on the type of implant and anchor system. 


In most cases, a dental implant comes with a dental crown that mimics your existing teeth. This crown is usually made from a composite material but can also be made from amalgam metal or gold. The upside of composite dental implants is that they can be made to match your teeth, while a metal crown retains the appearance of the metal it’s made from. 

Dental Implant Process

First, your dentist will extract any teeth that need removal for your dental implant to fit. Next, once the extraction site heals, they will surgically install the anchor point (or points) required for your dental implant. A single dental implant usually attaches to one anchor, while a bridge or full set of dental fixtures may need several anchors. Once this anchor heals and the bone surrounding the implant grows back, your dentist will affix a specially designed dental crown. This crown is made to match your surrounding teeth, and while it may take some time to adjust to the new tooth, it should act and feel like your normal teeth. 

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin pieces of composite material or porcelain that replace the exterior enamel of your teeth. Dental veneers can be used for cosmetic purposes, such as brightening the appearance of your teeth and aligning the bases of your teeth to one another. Veneers also have a physical purpose, as they can replace cracked or chipped enamel, restoring the structural integrity of your teeth. 

Dental Veneer Process

The biggest difference between dental veneers and implants is that while implants replace an existing tooth, dental veneers attach to your original tooth, meaning you need a somewhat healthy tooth. To place a veneer, your dentist will shape your teeth by removing the enamel on the outside. This leaves a conical shape behind. The material must be removed for the veneer to properly attach without feeling bulky, so dental veneers are replaceable but not reversible. 


Once the exterior is shaved down, your dentist applies the veneers using a UV resin or similar bonding agent to adhere them to your teeth. This process can impact a single tooth or be used to replace a row of teeth for aesthetic purposes. 


If you have questions about dental veneers or implants, reach out to our team at Artistic Smiles at 

(305) 271-3333. Our team would be happy to answer any questions you may have. 


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