Implants Vs. Veneers: A Comparison

by Andrew Mueller, DMD, MD | Jun 18, 2024

A smile is a language all its own. When it comes from the heart, it lights up your face and touches those around you with contagious warmth. Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you and one of your most powerful communication tools. Each and every person deserves to feel confident about their smile but, unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

From misaligned bites to chronic oral health issues, damaged or missing teeth, discoloration, cosmetic concerns, and more, many people feel self-conscious about their smile and may avoid flashing it due to insecurities about the condition of their teeth. Veneers and dental implants both offer potential solutions for improving the appearance of a smile, but what exactly are the differences between these two options and which one may be best for your particular situation?

While the treatment option you choose will ultimately depend on a variety of factors, including your oral health status, cosmetic goals, preferred timeline, and budget, the information below will help you consider your options in more detail and make an informed decision. In a nutshell, veneers provide a quick cosmetic solution that can dramatically improve the appearance of natural teeth while dental implants offer a permanent tooth replacement outcome that restores the function and appearance of your smile.

At Doctors Implants, our highly qualified and experienced team of doctors and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is always available to answer your questions and offer recommendations as you move forward on your journey toward the radiant smile of your dreams. Contact us today to book a free doctor’s consultation!

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are an advanced tooth replacement solution that look, feel, and function more like natural teeth than any other option available. Closely mimicking the structure of a natural tooth, an implant is composed of a titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone as an artificial tooth root and attached to a lifelike crown or prosthesis by a small connector known as an abutment.

At Doctors Implants, our 6 Hour Smile is a cutting-edge full mouth dental implant procedure that allows patients to achieve a brand-new smile in just a single appointment. Each full arch of beautifully crafted prosthetic teeth is supported by just 4 implant posts, which effectively stimulate and preserve the jawbone.

Full mouth dental implants are ideal for someone with 4 or missing or broken teeth, or whose teeth are causing them pain. 

Pros of Dental Implants

  • Implants Restore Aesthetics and Function – Full mouth dental implants go far beyond being just an aesthetic fix. While they do provide patients with a brand-new and dazzling smile, they also replace damaged or missing teeth to restore natural function and can improve bite misalignments, speech problems, and many other oral health issues.
  • Implants Are Durable and Long-Lasting – If you’re caught in the never-ending cycle of temporary oral health fixes, implants may be the long-lasting solution you’ve been seeking. With responsible care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime without losing their function or aesthetic appeal.
  • Implants Preserve the Jawbone – Unlike other tooth replacement options, implants stimulate the jawbone and preserve facial structure indefinitely.

Cons of Dental Implants

While full mouth dental implants represent a life-changing opportunity for many patients, they do involve an invasive surgical procedure and a several-month recovery period afterward. At Doctors Implants, our same-day 6 Hour Smile dramatically streamlines the implant process, but patients seeking a rapid, non-invasive treatment may still prefer other options.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are custom-crafted to fit over natural teeth. Made of porcelain or composite resin, they can cover imperfections such as tooth discoloration, chips, or gaps and rapidly transform the color, shape, size, and length of teeth to create a whiter and more even smile.

Veneers are bonded directly to the front of natural teeth and cannot be removed once placed. They are a popular solution for changing the cosmetic appearance of a smile but do not replace missing teeth or restore function to damaged ones.

Pros of Veneers

  • Getting Veneers Is Quick and Non-Invasive – It usually only takes one or two dental appointments to receive veneers and no surgical procedures are involved.
  • Veneers Are Aesthetically Attractive – Veneers provide a natural-looking solution for patients aiming to quickly achieve a new and beautiful smile.

Cons of Veneers

  • Veneers Are Strictly Cosmetic – Veneers don’t resolve any structural or functional dental health issues. They are strictly cosmetic and, in some cases, tooth decay can occur in the underlying tooth structure beneath the veneer.
  • Veneers Are Not a Permanent Solution – Veneers can only be replaced, not repaired, and are not typically suitable for people who clench or grind their teeth. Generally speaking, they need to be replaced every 10-15 years.

Comparing Implants and Veneers

Now that we’ve explored implants and veneers on their own, let’s dive into a direct comparison in the following areas:


Veneers have a lifespan of approximately 10-15 years, while implants tend to last much longer. Titanium implant posts should last a lifetime while crowns typically last 15 years or more. That being said, every situation is unique and the precise longevity of veneers or implants depends on a variety of different factors. Speak directly with our highly qualified team of doctors at Doctors Implants for more information.


Both implants and dental veneers can improve the appearance of teeth and help patients achieve a stunning new smile. However, veneers are only a cosmetic solution while dental implants offer improved aesthetics and function.

Procedure and Application

Veneers are a quick and non-invasive dental procedure, while dental implants involve a surgical procedure and a recovery period afterward. At Doctors Implants, our groundbreaking 6 Hour Smile drastically streamlines the implant process and enables patients to leave our clinic with a brand-new smile after a single-day procedure.


Veneers are typically more affordable than implants (porcelain veneers cost more than composite resin veneers), but don’t last as long as implants and don’t address any underlying dental health issues. Dental implants represent a more significant up-front investment, but may actually save patients money over the long term.

Which Solution Is the Right Choice for Me?

Dental implants vs. veneers: Which is the right choice for your particular needs, goals, and circumstances? The answer to this question depends on many factors. When evaluating your options, our team at Doctors Implants recommends considering the following:

  • Are you seeking a strictly cosmetic solution or do you also have chronic oral health concerns that need to be addressed such as missing or damaged teeth?
  • How long do you hope your treatment will last?

Contact Doctors Implants for a Free Consultation

At Doctors Implants, our highly qualified and experienced team of doctors and support staff is here to support and guide you every step of the way on your path toward a brighter, healthier smile. If you are seeking more information about dental implants in San Antonio, contact us today to schedule your free doctor’s consultation. We look forward to meeting you!


About the Author

Andrew Mueller, DMD, MD

Dr. Andrew Mueller loves being an oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. After completing both dental and then medical school, he did a general surgery residency and an oral/maxillofacial surgery residency (both at Parkland hospital in Dallas, Texas). He has performed countless general anesthetics in the operating room, learning how to safely put patients to sleep and wake them back up.

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