Main Differences in Some Popular Procedures

Most people would rather break their own leg if it meant not speaking in front of an audience. Others may fear needles so much that the thought of being stuck by one can warrant a loss of consciousness. Many adults have an irrational fear of the dentist, with most opting to go to the dentist if and only if it is gravely necessary. The influx of visual stimuli and therefore expectations of physical appearances has even those who are most frightened motivating themselves to overcome that fear for the sake of vanity. The popularity of dental cosmetic surgery, veneers and teeth whitening, as examples, brings with it the inevitable decrease in retail pricing. Signs of a healthy economy, for sure? Anyone with valid dental coverage insurance and/or a decent line of credit can qualify for a loan and have their teeth as white and straight as they please.

Veneers vs Whitening

Each of the dental procedures enhances the smile without the drastic changes an invasive surgery can have. Every individual is unique in both need and eligibility. One person suited for one procedure may not be suited for the other, so it is important to research these options and discuss them with your dentist. Veneers are porcelain shells attached to the slightly filed-down stump of each tooth. Colored to match surrounding teeth, veneers cover more gum line, protecting the root of the tooth from decay. The process of creating veneers is extensive, requiring smile impressions and multiple dentist visits for sizing. Teeth whitening is a topical process of removing debris and dirt to restore the original, lighter surface color. A tooth is born with a perfectly white surface, which is the porcelain-like surface of the tooth's enamel. The food and beverages consumed stain the enamel, giving a dingy appearance. This process also helps in the removal of discoloration and is popular among men and woman. A teeth whitening procedure can be as simple as buying a ready-made kit from the local chemist or scheduling an appointment with your dentist.

Dentures vs Implants

There are only a handful of options available in the dental industry for replacing missing teeth. Dentures were once the singular option for replacing missing teeth. Dentures can be inexpensive, but they require multiple replacements during one's lifetime. They can be embarrassing in social settings if not properly secured to the gum line and if dropped can break. Dentures fail to properly stimulate the jaw bone, causing it to recede as the years go by. There are no changes to the jawbone or facial structure with dental implants. Dental implants are titanium screws that are implanted into the jaw, fusing with the bone over time. The presence of the farce root warrants regular usage of the teeth providing enough stimuli in the jawbone to allow for growth and renewal. Implants are, of course, the pricier of the two options discussed.