Crowns vs Veneers
Dental veneers and crowns are types of dental restorations that can improve the cosmetic appeal and function of your teeth.
The primary difference between the two is that veneer covers just the front of the tooth while crown covers entire tooth.
Veneer is strictly a cosmetic option:
- It is very thin and looks much like an artificial finger nail.
- Veneer requires minimal preparation.
- They are strong but brittle, and sharp or repeated impacts can dislodge or crack them.
- Veneers are an excellent solution for problems such as badly stained teeth, chipped teeth, minor cracks in the teeth, small gaps between the teeth and superficial misalignment.
Crowns are typically needed instead of veneer when there are more fundamental issues with existing teeth;
- badlly broken or cracked or where root canal treatment has been needed.
- The edge of the tooth has been damaged by grinding.
- Damaged teeth - changing color and shape of existing teeth.
A crown encases the entire tooth. It can be made of metal, porcelain or combination of both. It is usually double thickness of a veneer making it more durable and resistant to cracking than veneer.
Crowns last longer than veneers or bonding, and serve a greater purpose by protecting your tooth from further decay.
WHICH IS BEST: getting a crown or veneer?
There is no clear winner. Both treatments can be effective, long lasting solutions for dental dilemmas. The best option is the one that suits your unique situation.