Alternative To Dental Bridges

Alternative To Dental Bridges

You might be deciding whether getting dental bridges is for you or maybe you want an alternative. Take a look at our pros and cons below and what we would recommend as an alternative.

Who are the suitable candidates for dental bridges?

To make you suitable to have a bridge fitted, you would generally have one or more of the following.
  • If you have tooth decay or damaged teeth
  • If you have an abnormal jaw
  • Want to help improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion
  • Strengthen a damaged tooth
  • Want to improve your speech
  • Unable to wear dentures
  • Have missing teeth

Are dental bridges affordable or are they a waste of money? 

When it comes to dental bridges, they can be costly, with the average ranging from $1,500 to $15,000. If you are willing to spend that amount of money, then there are better alternatives. Dental bridges can be painful when being fitted. If you are not good with pain, then you are better off opting for a more comfortable procedure like clip-in veneers.

Are there any disadvantages of getting a tooth bridge?

To fit the dental bridges, it will usually take two dental visits to complete on top of consultations. During the first visit, you will have your natural teeth re-shaped and re-sizes to accommodate the crowns that will hold the bridge in place. A mold is then taken and sent off to create the artificial teeth and you will be fitted with a temporary bridge. On your second visit, your temporary bridge is replaced with your custom teeth. Sometimes if the new bridge doesn’t fit comfortably, you will have to send it back to the lab and go back for another visit.

Are there any disadvantages of getting a tooth bridge?

To fit the dental bridges, it will usually take two dental visits to complete on top of consultations. During the first visit, you will have your natural teeth re-shaped and re-sizes to accommodate the crowns that will hold the bridge in place. A mold is then taken and sent off to create the artificial teeth and you will be fitted with a temporary bridge. On your second visit, your temporary bridge is replaced with your custom teeth. Sometimes if the new bridge doesn’t fit comfortably, you will have to send it back to the lab and go back for another visit.

So what are the disadvantages:

Is there any alternative option for a dental bridge?

In a short answer, yes. We think that clip-on veneers are a great alternative to dental bridges.

Clip-on veneers can instantly transform your smile. They are a product that you fit over and around your natural teeth to enhance your cosmetic look, making your teeth look whiter and straighter. Unlike permanent veneers, there is no need to file down your natural teeth. Not only can clip-on veneers upgrade your look in an instant they are also comfortable and convenient.

The benefit of clip-on veneers is that you don’t need to use poly grip to keep them in place. The clip-on veneers are made in such a way that all you have to do is simply slide them over your natural teeth, and that’s it. They do not interfere with your gum or cover the roof of your mouth.

Clip-on veneers can cost between $25 – $1000, which is a much cheaper alternative to dental bridges or permanent veneers, which cost $925 to $2,500 per tooth.

In our opinion, we think clip-on veneers are definitely worth it. Not only are they the more affordable option they are comfortable and look great. You can instantly transform your crooked or gappy teeth into a straight pearly white smile.

Are clip-on veneers better than dental bridges?

Clip-on veneers cost on average roughly $490, whereas dental bridges on average cost approximately $6750. So it’s safe to say clip-on veneers win in affordability.

With no filing or adjusting the teeth, the clip-on veneers simply slide over your natural teeth, making them a more comfortable alternative to dental bridges where you would have to remove and re-shape natural teeth and have new artificial teeth screwed into your gums. 

If you are looking for a quick fix, then veneers are the quicker option. You will only need to visit the dentist to mold and then pick up your new teeth. You will need plenty of aftercare with dental bridges as it is like an operation in your mouth.

With veneers, you will be able to continue eating whatever you like, whereas with dental bridges, you will need to avoid certain foods after the procedure, so you don’t damage the gum or new teeth. You can also conveniently remove them. If you feel that you are not ready to change your teeth completely, then clip-on veneers are the best option as they don’t affect your natural teeth in any way, unlike dental bridges, which make permanent changes to your natural teeth.