Crown or Veneers? You have to make an important choice between these two when you go to improve your smile. And frankly, it is quite difficult to choose from both of them as various sources may provide differing opinions, and this can be confusing when it comes to making a final decision.
Both these techniques are instrumental in fixing chipped or cracked tooth/teeth, smile designing or permanently changing the shape or color of the teeth. Although Crown and Veneer both are used to fix broken teeth, both of them can serve different purposes also.
Different shades of Crowns
Dental crowns are nothing but a thin, porcelain ‘cap’ that covers the whole tooth. The crown is the best choice for teeth which have suffered an extensive damage which has left the structure weakened or brittle. The crown will cover existing damage while also protecting the tooth from any further damage in future. When properly cared for, crowns can last for 10 years or more and are carved to match the look of surrounding teeth.
Dental crowns are often indicated for the teeth with worn fillings, large cracks, large cavities or have undergone extensive root canal treatment.
Just like crowns, Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or composite which are fitted on the front surface of the teeth. While dental crowns are used to fix teeth that have had extensive damage, veneers are mainly used to improve the appearance of teeth that have minor to moderate damage. Veneers are mainly used to correct minor chips, cracks or teeth that have permanent discoloration.
Whether you receive a crown or veneer will depend on the extent of the damage to your teeth and what you desire to achieve from the treatment. By and large, any esthetic concerns can be perfected with veneers whereas any extensive damage can be fixed with dental crowns.