Are you trying to decide between crowns or veneers? When considering the best treatment for you, it depends on the condition of your teeth and what results you are hoping to achieve post-procedure.
Crown treatments are used for individuals who have cracked or worn teeth, large fillings, or root canals. Veneers are typically used for patients looking for cosmetic improvements.
There are benefits to each procedure, and both have a high success rate. Understanding more about each treatment can help you make the right decision for your oral health.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a restorative procedure suitable for those who have severely damaged or decayed teeth. A crown treatment encases the whole tooth in a tooth-colored cap, with the ceramic material measuring between 0.5-2 mm thick with a 1.5 mm chewing surface. This thickness defends the tooth against grinding and chips.
What are Veneers?
Unlike crowns, veneers are only applied to the front of your teeth to disguise cosmetic flaws, such as teeth that are slightly uneven or chipped. They can also cover discolored teeth with intrinsic staining that cannot be treated with professional whitening treatments.
These wafer-thin shells are typically made from porcelain or composite, with porcelain giving you the most realistic look as they imitate the light-reflecting elements of real teeth.
Veneers do not replace the whole tooth structurally; however, their durability means they’ll last between 10 and 15 years when cared for correctly. If they become chipped, they are also easy for cosmetic dentists to repair.
Depending on the type of veneer, you may or may not need tooth preparation. For composite veneers, the resin can be applied directly to your tooth without any enamel removal. Porcelain veneers require a thin layer of enamel to be removed before the veneer is cemented in place.
How Do You Know Which One is Right For You?
When choosing between a crown or veneer, the first thing you need to consider is the condition of your tooth. A crown is the best option if your tooth has serious structural damage or requires treatment for cavities or infection. They can last up to 20 years with the right aftercare.
If you are simply searching for an improved aesthetic, veneers are ideal. They only cover the front surface of your tooth, and they cleverly mimic the shape, size, and color of your teeth for a natural look post-procedure. Dental veneers can only be performed on healthy teeth because they provide minor shape corrections and cosmetic treatment.
Find Your Smile Again
Whether your teeth need restoration, or just an aesthetic adjustment, our dental team at Blue Island Smiles can help you to achieve your perfect smile.
A healthy smile is a beautiful smile. So, whether a crown is best for you or veneers are more suitable for your situation, each procedure will be carried out with precision and professionalism. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to find out which option is the right choice for your smile.