Dental veneers and dental crowns are both types of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments that aim to restore damaged teeth, improving their look and function.
And while both of these options have the same goal when it comes to your oral health, there are a few differences that make them better suited depending on each patient’s dental condition and treatment needed.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are perfect for discolored, chipped, or even gapped teeth as they can fix any irregularities your teeth might have.
Veneers are very thin layers, like shells that cover your teeth, usually made out of porcelain, attached to the exterior side of the tooth. Some new types of veneers require less enamel to be trimmed away in order to fit them.
Veneers are not designed to replace an entire tooth, yet they are very durable and resistant.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns, in comparison to dental veneers, are thicker layers made out of ceramic material that cover the entire tooth. The intervention required to have dental crowns placed on your teeth is more elaborate than the one for veneers.
Dental crowns work better if your tooth needs extra protection against decay and damage.
How Do Veneers and Crowns Work?
These two cosmetic dental treatments work as recovery methods for oral issues such as:
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Decayed or weakened teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gapped teeth
Both veneers and crowns are designed to look just like a natural tooth with the possibility to choose the color that suits your natural teeth. So you don’t have to worry that your teeth will look artificial as your smile will be improved considerably.
If your tooth has had a root canal intervention, or it is very cracked or worn, a better option for you would be to get cosmetic crowns.
Dental veneers are used when the tooth has minor issues, and it’s almost intact. If you are looking to fix dental stains, veneers would be a more suited solution.
How to Choose Between Veneers and Crowns
Even though we have a general knowledge about what each treatment does, the best way to decide what fits best your needs is to visit your dentist and have a proper evaluation of your oral health.
If it’s either veneers or crowns, the solution will depend on the exact condition of your teeth.
Each treatment has a lot of benefits for your oral health and self-esteem, but it’s important to talk to your dentist about any possible side effects or if these treatments can be applied to you.
If you want to find out more about these procedures, or others, we invite you to check our Whitestone Family Dentistry website.
And if you would like to talk to one of our doctors, you can contact us here. Our team of doctors will be happy to attend to your needs.