Dental Veneers Or Crowns. What Is The Best Choice?
For your smile and teeth structure restoration, there are two paths open to you, crowns and veneers. Although both will boost the appearance of your smile, there are some key differences between them. It means, you would have to consider certain factors before arriving upon a decision.
What will this post tell you?
- What are dental veneers and dental crowns?
- When are dental veneers the best choice?
- When are dental crowns the best choice?
Hi, I’m Doan Tran – dentist at Brier Creek Smiles Dentistry. Today, we are here with this post to help you get an overview on dental veneers and dental crowns and what should be your choice. Before beginning, we would love to take this opportunity and extend our gratitude to all residents in the Durham and Raleigh area for requesting this post.
Now, let us have an overview of both the topics.
What are veneers and crowns?
Veneers and crowns are forms of dental procedures for aesthetical improvement of your appearance. In simple terms, they work by adding a layer to an existing tooth to improve both its look and function. What will suit depends on –
- The condition of the original tooth and how much of it needs trimming.
- How thick the material covering the tooth is?
- How much of the covering will improve the appearance and function?
Veneers: Made up of wafer-thin porcelain, a veneer is attached to the front of your tooth. The color of the material (porcelain) is made to match your natural teeth.
Crowns: A crown on the other hand, encases the whole tooth. It may be made of metal, porcelain or an amalgamation of both. It is usually around double the thickness of a veneer, making it more durable and resistant to cracking than a veneer.
Differences in tooth preparation
Veneers are a more conservative treatment as compared to crowns. Lesser amount of the tooth, which may be a paper-thin layer, is removed for placing a veneer. Usually only a thin portion of the enamel is removed without having to touch the core or back of the tooth. On the contrary, in order to place a crown, 60 to 75 percent of the tooth needs to be trimmed away. This indicates two to four times as much of tooth reduction as veneers.
When are veneers the best choice?
Veneers are a great choice when the issues you want to address are more or less minor and aesthetic in nature. Veneers are an excellent solution for problems such as:
- Badly stained teeth that discolored over time
- Chipped teeth where a small portion of the tooth goes missing
- Minor cracks in teeth
- Small gaps between the teeth
- Misalignment in the teeth structure which are mostly inherent in nature.
In such cases, veneers can significantly improve the appearance of the teeth and one does not require resorting to crowns. However, it should be well into your knowledge that veneers are permanent only in the sense that they are not removable by the candidate himself! Tooth grinding and clenching, either consciously or in sleep, is one of the worst habits that can damage the vulnerability of your teeth. So although veneers are strong, yet their brittle nature calls for some careful handling.
When are crowns the best choice?
Crowns are best, when there are more serious issues concerning the existing teeth. These instances include:
- Severely broken or cracked teeth
- Tooth that received a root canal treatment previously
The crown restores a tooth and protects it from any further damage, because that might culminate to its extraction! Once the crown is put into place, it becomes the new outside surface for the tooth with the nub of the original tooth lying safely inside.
Another instance where crowns prove to be a better choice is – damaged edges of a tooth. A veneer only covers the front of a tooth, not the edges. Therefore, crowns are most suitable for people in the habit of teeth grinding or clenching.
Both crowns and veneers requires a good amount of care. The porcelain used for veneers and crowns is quite stain-resistant, but in absence of proper brushing and flossing, they can also discolor. Whitening and bleaching treatments do not work on these types of restorations. So, it’s very important to maintain oral hygiene and good eating habits. Again, be careful of biting on hard substances so that you are able to prolong the lifespan of your beautiful smile.
We are here to help
Residents of Durham, Raleigh and Morrisville, we are here to serve you with the best standards that dentistry can offer. With the latest technologies, experienced dental staff and a calm and relaxing environment, we promise to make you feel at home away from home. For any query please call us, today.
At our dental office we offer dental procedures including veneers and crowns. We are conveniently located in Morrisville – easily commutable from Durham and Raleigh. We look forward to meeting you in person.
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