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What’s the difference between veneers and crowns?

veneers and crowns

Dental veneers and dental crowns are popular dental treatments used to restore and improve the appearance of teeth. While they share some similarities, these two procedures also present significant differences. Let’s take a look at the most important ones.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are tooth-coloured custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth. They are typically made from porcelain or composite resin and are bonded to the teeth using a strong adhesive.

Veneers are commonly used to address a range of cosmetic issues, including:

  • Stained or discoloured teeth
  • Misshapen or uneven teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Gaps or spaces between teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth

The application of dental veneers typically involves a few steps and the whole process usually takes no longer than 10 days.

First, the dentist will examine the teeth and take X-rays to ensure that the teeth are healthy enough for veneers. They will then take an impression of the teeth to create custom-made veneers that fit the patient’s teeth perfectly.

The dentist will then prepare the teeth for veneers by removing a small amount of tooth enamel from the front of each tooth. This is necessary to ensure that the veneers will fit properly and not look bulky or unnatural. Once the teeth are prepared, the veneers are bonded to the teeth using a strong adhesive.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, are tooth-shaped coverings that fit over the entire surface of a damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns are typically made from porcelainceramic or metal and are designed to look and function like natural teeth.

Crowns are used to address a range of dental issues, including:

  • Severely decayed or damaged teeth
  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Teeth that have had a root canal
  • Teeth with large fillings that have failed
  • Teeth that are misshapen or discoloured

Once the tooth is prepared for a crown, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth and send it to a dental laboratory, where the crown will be custom-made to fit the patient’s tooth perfectly. In the meantime, the patient may be fitted with a temporary crown to protect the tooth.

When the permanent crown is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent crown over the tooth, securing it in place with a strong adhesive.

What’s the difference between dental veneers and dental crowns?

There are several key differences between veneers and crowns, including:

  • Coverage: Veneers only cover the front surface of teeth, while crowns cover the entire surface of a tooth.
  • Purpose: Veneers are primarily used for cosmetic purposes, while crowns are used to restore damaged or decayed teeth.
  • Tooth preparation: Veneers require the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel, while crowns require the removal of a significant amount of tooth structure.
  • Cost: Crowns are typically more expensive than veneers due to the additional material and preparation required.
  • Maintenance: Veneers require regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent staining and damage, while crowns can be treated like natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing.

Which treatment is right for you?

The choice between dental veneers and dental crowns will entirely depend on the specific dental issue that needs to be addressed.

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