Veneers and crowns are very similar in many aspects, but they differ greatly in their application. Determining whether veneers or crowns are right for you depends entirely on the dental issue you are hoping to fix. Here we’ll cover the similarities and differences between veneers vs. crowns to help you make informed decisions about your dental health.
Veneers Vs. Crowns, What Is The Same?
Both veneers and crowns are methods of dental restoration. They are also both used to restore function and appearance to your teeth. Both veneers and crowns are most often made up of a dental porcelain to retain a natural appearance, though on occasion, growns may be made of other, stronger materials depending on the strength needed for that particular tooth. Both dental restorative techniques also may require local anesthetic due to the grinding required to prepare the teeth for bonding to the crown or the veneer.
What Are the Differences?
There are quite a few differences in application and structure between veneers and crowns. Not to mention the price that you pay. Veneers and crowns, though similar, are needed for completely different applications.
A veneer is simply a thin covering of composite material, or porcelain on the front of a tooth. A Veneer’s main purpose is to improve the appearance of a tooth. It is used far less often than crowns due to the amount of remaining tooth that is required to install a veneer. They are also often very expensive due to the fact that most insurances will not cover cosmetic dentistry. On the bright side veneers do significantly improve the appearance of your teeth, both in color and shape. They will not show signs of dental work having been done even after years have passed. As well as they allow you to keep more of your natural teeth than a crown does. However, on the contrary, veneers do require periodic replacements since they typically last for only around 5 years. Furthermore, once getting veneers put on there is no going back. New coatings of veneers will be required throughout your life because of the enamel removed to make the bonding possible for the veneer.
Crowns are a much thicker layering of porcelain or metallic alloy that surrounds your entire tooth. Crowns are typically used when major restorative dentistry is required as a result of cavities or breakage in the teeth. This method is by far the more common method among the two used because of the little amount of tooth required to mount the crown. A crown is typically made to model your original tooth and is inserted over the top of a shaven stub of a tooth. As a result, all sides of the tooth are completely covered by the crown, and the crown is typically much stronger than a veneer. Benefits of going with a crown are as mentioned, strength, and longevity. The average crown lasts anywhere from 5 to 15 years depending on care and use. Crowns are actually a little more expensive than veneers on average, but the big difference between the two is that crowns are covered by most dental insurances drastically reducing the price paid by the customers. On the down side Crowns are a little less attractive than veneers in that the alloy can show grey lines around the base, and the gum line is often more prominent than it would be with veneers. Crowns can also create more sensitivity to heat and cold for the affected tooth for a brief period of time.
Often whichever method is recommended by your dentist is the method that would be best for you. But armed with knowledge you can work with your dentist to find the method that will be the smartest option for you.