At Lifetime Family Dental in Gilbert, AZ, we offer cosmetic dental services. We are often asked by our patients who want an upgrade in their smile: which is a better approach , dental crowns or veneers? In a recent blog post we examined veneers and crowns and their usefulness in correcting several dental issues. In this post we will look at crowns and veneers, with a view to understanding their similarities and differences.
Both crowns and veneers are made of porcelain, a substance that gives them strength and durability. They are both used to correct similar problems with damaged, misshapen, discolored, or misaligned teeth. The process used to create them is basically the same. And they are both bonded to the natural tooth.
The biggest difference between a veneer and a crown is in the thickness of the porcelain. A veneer is a mere 1 millimeter thick; a crown is at least twice that. Crowns can withstand greater forces than veneers when chewing, and they allow for greater flexibility in shaping teeth. A downside, though, is that while both crowns and veneers require some of the original tooth to be removed, crowns will need the tooth to be taken down to the core.
How long do they last?
Generally speaking, veneers can last several years longer than crowns, because they don’t receive the same degree of pressure that crowns do. But having said that, crowns have been known to last for a lifetime. It all depends!
Which is better: dental crowns or veneers?
If you have had a root canal treatment or have severe cracks in a tooth, a crown will give it much more protection from food particles and pressure. A crown may also be the difference between saving a tooth or losing it to extraction. If you have minimal damage to a tooth, or you simply want a better, brighter smile, then a veneer is often the best solution, because more of the natural tooth remains intact.
Dental crowns or veneers? Come in for an appointment and consultation. Lifetime Family Dental has the experience and expertise to recommend the right solution for you. We want your smile to look its best with the cosmetic dentistry options available to you.