Both crowns and veneers are dental restoration treatments that improve the look and function of teeth. The primary difference between them is that a crown covers an entire tooth while a veneer is just a covering for the front of a tooth. Both the procedures are different and have success rates. Keep reading to learn which procedure you should opt for, for your condition.

What are crowns and veneers?

Crowns and veneers are a covering that is added to an existing tooth to improve its function and look. The difference between a crown and a veneer is the amount of original tooth removed, the thickness of the material covering, and what part of the tooth is covered. 

A crown covers a tooth completely. It can be made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of both. It is thicker and sturdier than veneer. It is more resilient to cracking compared to veneer.

A veneer is usually made of resin-composite materials or porcelain. They are attached to the front of the tooth and match the colour of the teeth. Although they are strong, repeated impacts can crack or dislodge them from the position.

Differences in preparing the tooth

Our dentists will gently trim between 60% and 75% of the visible tooth before placing the crown. 

Treatment with veneers doesn’t require removing as much tooth compared to crown treatment. Our dentists care for your health and carefully remove a very thin layer of enamel from the front portion of the tooth. The back or the core of the tooth is left as it is. 

So, when getting crowns, almost four times the tooth layer is removed compared to veneers. However, there are situations when veneers are used to fix teeth alignment. In such situations, dentists may have to trim the teeth deeper than usual.

When are crowns the best choice?

Crowns are used when the teeth’ condition is more complicated such as cracked, poorly broken, damaged, or root canal treatment has been performed in the teeth. The crown is then placed to uphold and protect the tooth from any more damages. The tooth receives a new surface after the crown is cemented over the tooth. 

Crowns also work better than veneers for people who have damaged their teeth because of grinding. A crown provides protection to the entire teeth, including the edges. A veneer, on the other hand, protects just the front portion of the tooth. Crowns also improve the appearance of the teeth that have been ground down.

Crowns can effectively enhance the shape and colour of the damaged tooth to match with the other teeth. Going forward, a tooth that has been crowned will always need to be kept crowned. 

When are veneers the best choice?

Veneers can be a good option for patients facing minor aesthetic problems such as chipped teeth, superficial misalignment, stained teeth, little gaps between teeth and minor cracks in the teeth. Veneers can apparently fix these issues, give a natural look and enhance the aesthetics of your smile too.

Just like crowns, a patient who has treated their teeth with veneers will require to keep them covered always. If needed, veneers can be replaced, or as a sturdier option, the tooth can be prepared to place a crown too.

Like crowns, veneers, too, are permanent and not a reversible option. 

Where to Get Crowns and Veneers?

At Healthy Smiles, we have a team of caring dentists who will suggest the best treatment option after diagnosing your condition. Besides crown and veneers, we offer all types of oral treatments.  

You can book a dental appointment online with us or reach out to us on the below contact details:

Healthy Smiles Dental Group

Address: 152 Canterbury Road, Blackburn South, VIC 3130

Phone Number: 03 9877 2035

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