When considering a dental procedure, the most challenging part is understanding why you need it and, of course, which will be the best option for you. Dental crowns and veneers are some of the most common types of restorations we perform in our clinic.
Both are part of cosmetic dentistry, but many people believe they are, let’s say, different treatments for the same thing. Below, you’ll find all the essential information to understand the differences and similarities they share thoroughly.
What is a veneer, and what is a crown?
Dental Veneers are thin shells placed at the front side of your teeth. They are used to repair discolouration or stains, chips, gaps, cracks, and deformations of teeth.
They consist of two main types, based on their material: porcelain and composite resin veneers.
Dental Crowns, on the other hand, are placed over the tooth and are considered “caps” covering the entire tooth. They are used to protect decayed, damaged, or cracked teeth. Also, they are used to cover dental implants, a tooth that had a root canal treatment or to hold a dental bridge.
Again, different crowns are available depending on their material: metal, porcelain with metal, all resin, all-ceramic or all-porcelain, and pressed ceramic.
What do veneers and crowns have in common?
As mentioned above, many people consider these techniques similar, and to be honest; they have quite a few things in common.
- Both are custom-made for each patient, and you can choose the more suitable type for your situation. Also, they both have a natural finish, and probably no one could see the difference.
- The procedure for veneers and crowns is pretty similar (they differentiate mainly in one step), and the necessary dentist appointments usually are three:
- The first is about examination, diagnosis, and consultation for treatment options.
- The second appointment is all about cleaning and preparing your teeth. Your dentist will also take your teeth impressions and the right shade to prepare your veneers/crows and place the temporary ones.
- The last appointment will be when everything is ready for bonding, and finally, you’ll get your confidence and smile back.
- The aftercare also doesn’t require many specific steps. However, hygiene is the most crucial factor to extend their lasting period. Professional cleaning and regular visits to your dentist along with homecare will protect both restorations and your teeth.
- The preparation time for your permanent veneers or crows takes approximately 2-4 weeks, depending on the laboratory or less if your dentist can make them in the office.
What are the differences between veneers and crowns?
Although both veneers and crowns share plenty, in the end, they are different treatments used by dental professionals for specific problems. So let’s break down their differences.
- The first and primary difference has to do with placement and visibility. Veneers will cover only the front side of your teeth, and behind that, your natural teeth will be visible. As we mentioned above, crowns will cover your tooth, hiding it entirely underneath.
So, if your tooth is damaged in the edges and extensive, a crown would be your only choice since veneers only cover the front.
- Another situation that must be highlighted here is that since crowns cover the entire tooth, they can protect it from decay. In contrast, veneers leave uncovered a large surface, making the tooth more vulnerable.
- Regarding usage, veneers usually repair more aesthetic issues and are rarely preferred for protection. However, crowns will be a better option for more severe damages, protecting a weak tooth, and preventing future dental issues.
- One step during their procedure is different; the tooth preparation technique. Veneers demand a small removal of the enamel (the thin outer layer covering the tooth). This is basically a size reduction so the veneers can fit perfectly.
If you’re placing a crown on your tooth, your dentist should examine if a root canal treatment is required and perform it first. Then the tooth must be trimmed, and how much we trim depends on the damage and the type of crown. For example, metal crowns are thinner than porcelain, requiring less removal.
Generally speaking, though, more tooth removal is required to place a dental crown.
- The cost can vary depending on your area and insurance coverage. We can’t compare their prices because many factors should be considered for the final payment but, we can jump to one conclusion.
If veneers are used to restore your smile (why most people choose them), more than one will be needed to cover all the teeth. Anyone can imagine that this can cost a lot of money, compared to crowns that are almost always used to just restore one tooth.
So, which is the best for you; veneers or crowns?
Well, from what we’ve analysed so far, one thing is sure. If you’re trying to improve your smile or the appearance of your teeth, and there are no severe damages involved, then veneers could probably be your choice, especially if you’re trying to improve more teeth at once.
If your tooth is damaged or has an extensive crack or a structural problem is present, only a crown can help restore it and protect you from future infections and other dental issues.
But again, each case is different, and only your dentist can advise you appropriately.
We have treated many patients and performed these procedures a lot of times. But, of course, each patient is different, and any dental professional will always choose the best fit for your needs.
If you’re still uncertain or have questions about which restoration technique is more suitable for you, you can schedule a consultation here at Swedish Dental Clinic. Our professionals will make sure to find the best option for you and give you back a healthy dental life!