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Crowns vs veneers

In recent times, crowns vs veneers has become a popular topic of discussion within the dental industry. Crowns and veneers are two types of dental treatment aimed at improving the appearance and stability of your teeth to varying degrees. While a veneer only covers the front side of the tooth and is done for improvements in aesthetics, crowns cover the entirety of the tooth.

As with all dental procedures, it is important to understand why procedure may be preferred over another for your oral health. Our team will discuss the different treatment options with you and why certain treatments will be preferred.

To give you an idea about the differences between crowns vs veneers, we have outlined both treatment options for you.

crowns vs veneers

What is a veneer?

A veneer is a popular treatment option for enhancing the appearance of your smile in multiple ways. They are possible treatment options for:

– Mask discolorations, chips or cracks
– Correct misalignment
– Close gaps

However, your dentist will only be able to place veneers if your teeth and gums are healthy and in a good condition. If you grind your teeth frequently, a veneer restoration might not be the right solution for you as you may fracture your veneers.

There are two types of veneers: porcelain and composite resin. Key differences between composite resin and porcelain veneers are price, process, longevity, and appearance.

Porcelain veneers are stronger, last longer and look better than composites. The average lifespan of porcelain veneers ranges from 10 – 15 years but you can extend this timeframe with good hygiene and maintenance. However, porcelain veneers do involve some preparation of your teeth which is an irreversible process. The treatment requires roughly 3 visits.

Composite veneers involve layering of composite resin (white filling material) over the fronts of your teeth. By definition, this will increase the thickness of your teeth but with the advantage that teeth are not prepared unless absolutely necessary. Composite veneers will dull over time and require regular polishing. The average lifespan of composite veneers is 5 – 7 years. The treatment itself usually only requires a single visit.

Why dental veneers?

Dental veneers allow your dentist to enhance the appearance of your smile with as little damage to your natural teeth as possible. They are easy to maintain in that the hygiene regimen is no different to your natural teeth (i.e. brushing and flossing). In addition, you should schedule 6-monthly dental appointments to monitor your oral health and veneers.

crowns vs veneers

What is a crown?

Dental crowns (also referred to as caps) are recommended in cases where teeth have been structurally compromised. This can occur due to decay, large fillings or root canal treatments. In order to try and protect a weakened tooth, your dentist prepares your tooth to a smaller version of itself to create space for the final tooth-like crown. Its ultimate goal is to restore size, shape, strength and appearance of a previously damaged tooth.

When will you need a dental crown?

Your dentist will likely perform a dental crown procedure to cover:

• Teeth with dental implants
• A tooth with a large filling
• Discoloured teeth
• Weak teeth

What are the advantages of dental crowns?

Dental crowns are a solution for many dental issues. They are durable and last between 10 – 15 years. As a result, the restoration procedure has a high success rate which enhances customer satisfaction.

How do you choose the right treatment?

Ultimately when discussing treatments for crowns vs veneers, it it is better to understand what the issue with your tooth is before choosing the right treatment.

If your tooth has a larger filling, is heavily decayed, worn, or is cracked, a crown is more likely to be the right treatment for you. As a result, the crown will cover the damaged tooth, restoring its strength and stability.

If your tooth is intact and you would like to bring out your smile, then a veneer is your best option. Our team can use a veneer for minor shape corrections and to whiten your smile.

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