• Jae Cuevas

Crowns and Veneers: What's Better for Your Smile?

A beautiful smile is a confident smile.

Throughout the years of our lives many objects come in contact with our teeth- accidents can happen like a fall, and our teeth can become damaged in the process. For these reasons the dental field has given us options to revive the cosmetic structure and appearance of our teeth. Crowns and veneers are options for us that allow our confidence to shine through.

Crowns and veneers are used in the dental industry as a way to improve the visual appearance of our teeth. People often turn to these exceptional teeth restoration methods when they wish to cover tooth stains, chipped teeth, discoloration, decay, or any other minor imperfections.

Consider veneers if you any or more than one of these applies to you:

  • Staining – Some stains cannot be removed even through professional whitening procedures, like developmental stains.

  • Crooked Teeth – Veneers can also be used to restore the shape. It will work by cosmetically restoring their shape and structure.

  • Cosmetic Correction of Diastema – Veneers are the fastest and most cost efficient solution for people suffering from diastema. Diastema is the condition where there is an excessive gap in between them.

  • Irregular Shaped Teeth – This cosmetic defect in the shape and alignment can be improved by placing an appropriately shaped and sized veneers.

The main difference between a crown and veneer, is that a crown covers the entire tooth- whereas veneers cover just the front, visible part of a tooth. Veneers also require less shaving from the surface of the tooth. When a patient may need more stability due to damaged teeth, crowns are usually the better option.

Veneers (image below) on the other hand, are just on the surface of the tooth. Notice how it doesn't cover the entire tooth, just the surface front. They look and feel more natural, and don’t require prosthetics. If you and your dentist decide veneers are the way to go for you, they will trim your tooth down about half a millimeter to fit the veneer.

How can you tell the difference between a crown and veneer?

If your cosmetic dentist is skilled and experienced, you shouldn’t even be able to tell the difference. Unless you have an all metal crown, which then is easy to spot.

Veneers are considered best when the issue you want to fix with your teeth are minor and most for the aesthetic appearance. Veneers are just as permanent as crowns, so you shouldn’t choose based on longevity. Crowns are cemented permanently in place. Crowns are also more useful for keeping a tooth on the more damaged side from further strain. Crowns are an excellent choice for teeth grinders as well- those with damage on the bottom of their teeth.

Whats the cost?

The cost difference between veneers and crowns are very similar. However, veneers are less likely to have higher coverage from insurance than crowns, since veneers are more for aesthetic purposes.

Proper care

With the proper care, your veneers or crowns should last up to 10 years. Porcelain options for crowns and veneers are more resistant to stains, with continuous proper teeth brushing and flossing- just as you should with yo ur natural teeth.

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