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Veneers or Crowns: Which is right for me?

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Veneers or Crowns: Which is right for me?

Veneers and Dental crowns are two common dental restorative options that help improve one’s smile. The two procedures appear to be suitable in the event that your tooth gets a crack or if it gets chipped. However, it is usually a bit difficult to know which between these two restorative procedures is suitable for you. The answer to this is dependent on a number of factors and in this post, Vita Dental highlights some of these factors to help you know the best procedure to choose.

Veneers

Who are the ideal candidates for Veneers?

Some of the dental issues that can be solved using dental veneers is if you have discolored teeth even those from root canals, if you have teeth with awkward placements, if you have worn down teeth, if your teeth have spacing in between, if your teeth are misaligned, and if your teeth have cracks formed on the enamel.

Basic information about Veneers

Porcelain veneers are basically thin shells made of porcelain that are placed in front of the targeted teeth and stuck using dental cement. They do not cover the entire tooth. They only cover the front part of the tooth leaving the backside exposed. The veneers are usually made out of material that resembles the color of your natural teeth to give a uniform smile.

Durability is a great consideration when looking for a tooth restoration option. As for veneers, they happen to last anywhere between 7 years and 15 years. They do not last for long as compared to other tooth replacement options but they can be easily replaced since the only part of the tooth that needs to be covered is the front part.

While veneers are made of porcelain which is a tough material, they are very thin and can break easily. This makes them more delicate when compared to crowns. Also, the fact that they only cover the front part of a tooth means that they can easily come off or even wear off on the sides. Therefore, people who have a habit of biting their nails, chewing hard stuff like ice or people who grind their teeth a lot may not find veneers to be effective for them.

Price is another important consideration when choosing between veneers and crowns. Getting veneers can cost you anywhere between $1000 and $2000. The challenge when it comes to payment for veneers is dealing with dental insurance. This is because they are mostly considered to be for cosmetic purposes and hence may not be covered by insurance. You can always consult your dental insurance provider and possibly seek coverage, but generally, you should always be ready to foot the cost of getting veneers.

Crowns

Who are the ideal candidates for crowns?

You can consider getting dental crowns if the surfaces of your teeth are worn out to the extent that your dentine has been exposed, when imperfections arise due to grinding and clenching, when your teeth’s alignment has changed completely leading to your teeth lacking stability and when you want to match the color of your teeth if you had a crown on another tooth before. Also, if you have to treat just one tooth, crowns are more suitable to match it with the color of the other teeth and not veneers.

Basic information about dental crowns

Unlike veneers, dental crowns usually cover the entire tooth. The targeted tooth is normally carved down a little and then the ceramic crown is put on and reinforced with dental cement. The crown is usually fabricated in the lab and is made to match the color of your tooth.

Crowns are more applicable where the damage to the tooth is severe and cannot be covered by veneers. In fact, crowns are applied after a major procedure like root canal therapy.

When it comes to durability, crowns happen to last longer than veneers. You can expect your dental crown to last between 10 and 15 years. This is because the material used to make the crowns is more durable and tougher hence making the crown last for a longer period of time.

Unlike veneers that are pretty easy to replace, the story is different for crowns. Crowns can only be replaced when it is really necessary given that they cover the entire tooth leaving no surface exposed.

The cost of getting dental crowns is not significantly different from the cost of veneers. The price for crowns is anywhere between $1000 and $3500. Unlike veneers, dental crowns are not considered to be a cosmetic procedure hence you can get dental insurance for the same.

Making the decision

Choosing whether to get veneers or crowns is dependent on a number of factors. If you want a solution that lasts longer, stronger, and applicable in more situations, then crowns are the most reasonable solution. However, if your condition is not that severe and you just want to improve the appearance of your smile, then you can get yourself veneers. The best thing to do is consult your dentist for reliable advice.

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