Both crowns and veneers look like similar procedures in restorative dentistry. Although both of them serve to cover the existing tooth and improve its aesthetics, they still have some differences in functionality and procedure.
Dental veneers are ultra-thin, tooth-coloured coverings that are overlaid on the front surfaces of teeth to enhance their appearance and give them a natural look. Porcelain or composite resin materials are used to make veneers. Porcelain laminate veneers have a 10-12 year durability. However, composite resin veneers last 4 to 8 years and need replacement sooner. Both porcelain and composite resin veneers require tooth shaving for veneer placement. Veneers can also be used to correct a variety of cosmetic issues, such as cracked, damaged, discoloured, or undersized teeth.
Dental crowns are caps that fully cover the teeth. In contrast to veneers, many different materials can be used to make crowns. Crowns may be gold, silver, resin, ceramic, porcelain, pressed ceramic, etc.
A dental crown is commonly used to keep a weakened tooth from cracking, to secure a dental bridge, to protect a dental implant, or to conceal deformed or discoloured teeth.
Temporary crowns are used to determine the best crown for you. The doctor removes temporary crowns once the permanent crowns are ready.
What’s the difference between a veneer and a crown?
A veneer is usually used for cosmetic purposes in order to improve the aesthetics of teeth. It is a great solution for those who have minor problems such as small cracks in their teeth, discoloured or slightly damaged teeth. Veneers have about a 1 millimetre thickness and cover only the front surface of your teeth.
Crowns, on the other hand, are thicker caps (about 2 millimetres) that cover all the teeth and deal with more crucial issues such as root canal treatment and badly damaged teeth. They serve to prevent tooth extraction.
Despite all the differences, either crowns or veneers are permanent, so in the future, teeth will always need covering. A veneer might be replaced by a crown if necessary.
Veneers vs. Crowns: Which one is right for you?
In order to decide on the most appropriate treatment for you, you should undergo a free consultation with our professionals. Analysis of your teeth and discussion of the client’s expectations will lead to outstanding results and unforgettable healthy smiles.
The Cost of Crowns and Veneers
Crowns and veneers are relatively close in price. The cost depends on an individual’s requirements, such as the material (porcelain, gold, ceramics, etc.) to be used, size, and a number of teeth covered.
Veneers are typically seen as merely cosmetic procedures and are hence rarely covered by dental insurance. Crowns are often more likely to be covered by dental insurance because crowns are often used to solve functional and cosmetic issues.