Dental crowns and veneers are both designed to cover the tooth and make it more pleasing to the eye, but is there any real difference between the two? Is there a time when you should pick one over the other? The answer is yes!
Most dental crowns and veneers are made out of porcelain, which means that they are incredibly thin yet quite strong. Plus, they can each be designed to match your natural tooth color exactly for a totally natural look. Porcelain also is great at resisting stains. In fact, it can resist stains even better than your own enamel can.
Another similarity between these two options is that both can last for decades or even permanently if you care for them well. Even though they do not represent your real teeth, they are covering vital parts of your teeth and must be cleaned properly to avoid having decay occur beneath the enamel. You must still brush and floss daily and see our dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations.
The real differences between dental crowns and veneers can be seen in what part of the tooth they are designed to cover and what they are designed to do. Crowns are thin shells that are meant to cover the entire tooth, from the tip to the gum. They typically require some of the enamel and tooth material to be removed so that they can fit well. On the other hand, veneers are even thinner sheets of porcelain that are only meant to cover over the fronts of the teeth. They typically only require a tiny bit of your enamel to be removed so that they fit well over the surface of the teeth.
Dental veneers are designed to cover over imperfections and are usually chosen only for cosmetic reasons. They are often chosen to cover over chips, minor cracks and discoloration. They can even correct minor misalignments and gaps between teeth by presenting a symmetrical front.
However, dental crowns are used mainly to solve physical problems with the teeth themselves. While they do cover over chips and cracks in the teeth, these problems are usually more dramatic and require a covering so that the tooth does not continue to break or decay.
You may still be confused as to whether crowns or veneers are right for you, and that’s okay. The best person to speak to about this is our dentist at Brevard Smiles in Indian Harbour Beach and Rockledge. Contact us today to book an appointment and learn more!