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Veneers vs. Dental Implants

If you’ve ever thought about brightening your smile, veneers could be the perfect solution. If you have dentures and you’re tired of having them slip or make noise while you talk, a dental implant can help. 

Dr. Tracy Chan is a dental implant expert and veneers specialist who can help with all of these issues. Her skilled team of dentists at Marina Dental Care in San Francisco offers comprehensive consultations to help you get the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of. 

Dr. Chan offers some insight on how to tell which option is right for you.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth and tooth root that’s an alternative to full or partial dentures and bridges. The implant, which looks just like a natural tooth, provides more comfort and stability than dentures. Dental implants allow you to chew food easily and can even improve your speech.

How effective is a dental implant?

Dental implants are extremely durable and effective, with a success rate of 98% with proper care.

Who should get implants?

Anyone who has missing teeth is a great candidate for an implant. And anyone who has weak, painful, or infected teeth is encouraged to visit Dr. Chan to discuss implant options.

Benefits of dental implants

There are a variety of benefits to getting dental implants, such as:

What is a veneer?

Veneers are ultra-thin porcelain shells that fit over your existing teeth. They are custom-made, just like dental implants. Veneers are designed with perfect color matching, so no one ever suspects they aren’t your real teeth. 

The treatment is often used to improve a smile, but veneers also cover discolored, broken, chipped, and crooked teeth.

How effective are veneers?

Dental veneers don’t require any special care, and they’ll last anywhere from seven to 15 years before needing to be replaced.

Who can get veneers?

Veneers aren’t only for celebrities. In fact, many patients use veneers to cover gaps in their teeth or to hide staining or uneven coloring. Anyone who has especially small or oddly-shaped teeth also benefit from dental veneers.

Benefits of veneers

Dental veneers can turn back the clock on aging teeth. Some other benefits of this procedure are:

Which is the better option for you?

Although both dental implants and veneers are great for fixing your smile, there are some things to consider before choosing which is right for you. 

Need a quick cosmetic fix?

Veneers are a great choice if you’re looking for a quick fix with limited pain and discomfort. Gum tissue tolerates porcelain veneers exceptionally well. You have the option to choose which shade of white you want so you can create the perfect smile for you. 

Veneers may not be the best choice for people who grind their teeth excessively at night because they can chip or crack under extreme force.

Are you missing teeth?

Dental implants are the best choice if you’re missing teeth. An implant provides natural-looking teeth and offers stability that can last a lifetime with proper care. 

They’re also great for anyone who wants to make the leap from dentures to implants, so you’ll never have to use messy denture creams again.


Are you ready to discuss whether veneers or implants are best for your smile? Call Dr. Chan and her team of dental experts at 415-440-9000 or use our convenient online scheduling tool.

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