Veneers vs. implants: what’s the difference and which option is best for you?

Veneers vs. implants: what’s the difference and which option is best for you?

Dental problems can take a toll not only on our oral health but also on our self-confidence. Experiencing a damaged or missing tooth can be particularly distressing and uncomfortable. In such situations, two widely considered solutions often come to mind: dental implants and veneers.

In this blog post, we delve into the differences between dental implants and porcelain veneers, and explore the benefits each has to offer. We’ll also discuss the costs associated with tooth implants and veneers.

Functional differences between dental implants and veneers

Veneers, also known as facings, are thin, custom-made shells placed over the front of the teeth to cover aesthetic imperfections like discolorations, spots, or damages. They are ideal for enhancing the appearance of teeth. On the other hand, dental implants are surgical procedures where artificial tooth roots are inserted into the jaw to replace missing teeth. Implants provide a structural solution that restores not only the appearance but also the functionality of the teeth. The primary difference lies in their purpose: veneers focus on aesthetic improvements, while dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth and restore functionality.

How invasive is the treatment?

The placement of veneers is generally less invasive than that of dental implants. Veneers from Expat Dental are thin, custom-made porcelain filters placed on the front of your teeth, preserving your natural tooth structure. In contrast, dental implants involve surgical insertion of artificial tooth roots into the jaw, which includes incisions and drilling into the jawbone. Although modern techniques have reduced recovery times, it remains a more involved process than placing veneers. In terms of invasiveness, veneers can be considered less intrusive as they primarily affect the exterior of the teeth, while implants have a deeper impact on the jaw structure. When considering these dental procedures, it’s crucial to weigh both the aesthetic and invasive aspects.

Moreover, the veneer procedure is quick and painless. You can enjoy a beautiful smile within just two appointments, without having to wait months for recovery.


Both veneers and dental implants offer excellent solutions for those seeking a bright and natural-looking smile. Veneers, known for their durable porcelain composition, are not only exceptionally strong but also resistant to staining, setting them apart from composite materials. With proper care, veneers can last for decades, making them a cost-effective long-term solution. Maintenance is simple: regular brushing and flossing, along with routine dental check-ups, are generally sufficient to keep them in top condition. During our standard dental check-ups, we always examine the condition of your veneers.

On the other hand, dental implants are also a long-lasting solution and, with proper care and maintenance, can last for many years. However, it’s important to highlight that the cost of tooth implants is higher than that of veneers. This higher price for implants reflects the special care and attention required for their upkeep. Unlike veneers, dental implants demand specific care and cleaning to maximize their lifespan and functionality.


While dental implants are an effective solution for missing teeth, porcelain veneers and facings offer various benefits that make them an attractive option for damaged, chipped, or discolored teeth. These options not only provide immediate visible results but also involve less invasive procedures and offer significant aesthetic and durability advantages.

Ready to discover which option is best for you?

Consult with one of our experts for personalized advice. You’ll receive a no-obligation treatment plan tailored by our dentists. At Expat Dental, you can achieve a radiant smile in just two visits.

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