Veneers vs. Crowns: What's Better for Cosmetic Dentistry?
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Veneers vs. Crowns: What’s Better for Cosmetic Dentistry?

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15 Mar Veneers vs. Crowns: What’s Better for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way, with so many options that can help you restore your smile and with it your confidence. 

But if you’re thinking of rejuvenating your smile, the choice between whether to go for veneers or crowns could be confusing. They’re both great choices, but which will suit your pocket and your style?

We’ve made it simple, with a breakdown of exactly what to expect from each option. We’ll walk you through the pros and cons, so you can make the best choice for you.

Let’s get started – here’s our ultimate guide to veneers vs crowns.

What’s a Veneer?

Veneer is no longer something you only hear about on Antiques Roadshow…

A dental veneer is an extremely thin layer of tooth-colored material that attaches to the front of the teeth. The result is that the teeth take on an improved appearance.

They correct the appearance of damaged teeth, teeth that are unusual in appearance or shorter than they should be. They can give a more even and regular appearance to your teeth.

What Are They Made Of?

Cosmetic veneers are made of porcelain. As the goal is to look as natural as possible, they are carefully matched to coordinate with your existing teeth. 

Although you can occasionally find resin veneers, most cosmetic dentistry uses porcelain. That’s because it’s much better at resisting stains and gives a more natural, tooth-like appearance than other options.

Pros and Cons of Veneers

Veneers are a permanent solution to cosmetic dental issues. As this is the case, you should carefully weigh up their pros and cons before proceeding.

Pros

One of the major advantages is that unlike natural teeth, they are highly stain-resistant.

You may have undergone many teeth whitening procedures over the years, but over time the stains always come back. With porcelain veneers, this shouldn’t be an issue, with the surface remaining pearly white. 

They can also be a great solution for people with damaged enamel. That vital outer surface of the tooth does not come back once it has worn away. Having veneers fitted can protect the tooth from further erosion and potential decay.

Cons

The main con is the price.

Porcelain veneers do not come cheap. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the average cost of a veneer is 2017 was $1313!

Bear in mind though that this is just an average, and you should speak to your dentist about costs and options that they offer. Also, remember that this is a permanent solution to issues that may have bothered you for a long time.

Another consideration is that they also can be a little vulnerable to cracking or dislodging if they receive a sharp impact.

What’s a Crown?

A crown is a dental procedure that sits a ‘cap’ on top of an existing tooth. 

Like a veneer, you can get a crown for cosmetic reasons, to improve the appearance of the tooth. But there are often medical reasons for having crowns as well. These could include saving broken or weak teeth or supporting teeth that have already had extensive decay.

What Are They Made Of?

Seen people with gold teeth? These are likely dental crowns. There are many metal options available, although some may find these very conspicuous.

Porcelain options are also available. This has the advantage as discussed earlier of being very stain resistant and also mimicking the appearance of natural teeth.

Pros and Cons of Crowns

Unlike a veneer, you will probably have to replace a crown 10-15 years down the road. 

But what are the other pros and cons?

Pros

Because crowns are both medical and cosmetic, they can preserve teeth that you could otherwise lose. 

They can strengthen the teeth you already have, and save you having gaps or needing costly dental implants in the future.

They also significantly improve the appearance of teeth that were discolored or damaged, if you choose porcelain crowns.

Cons

Crowns are also pricey. They come in at an average cost of $1246, which is only slightly cheaper than a veneer.

The other con to weigh up is that the tooth they cap will need to be filed to fit the crown. This is irreversible, and the crown is likely to need maintenance or replacement down the line.

Veneers vs Crowns – What’s the Best Choice For Me?

In answering the question of which are best, veneers or crowns, you really have to think about what your current issues are and what you’re trying to achieve.

When considering whether to get crowns or veneers for front teeth, which are highly visible, think about the type of damage they work best for. Veneers are great at covering relatively minor damage, such as cracks, severe staining or broken teeth.

Crowns are about twice as thick and are better for teeth that have more serious issues with decay or are severely broken. 

The same applies when thinking about porcelain crowns vs veneers for back teeth. As they’re less visible, some people go for cheaper options rather than pricey porcelain. Also, porcelain is more likely to get chipped or broken than metal.

For aesthetic issues with front teeth, usually, veneers are the way to go. For more serious issues, and for teeth that are less visible, crowns can be a great option.

The Takeaway: Veneers vs Crowns – The Winner Is…

In the match of veneers vs crowns, the winner is…. both!

They’re both fantastic options for people who may be despairing at the state of their current teeth. They both look great, strengthen your teeth and are long lasting solutions.

In fact, with good care and taking precautions, you can expect crowns to last fifteen years or more, with even better outcomes expected for veneers!

Would you like to find out more? Daniel Allen DDS at New Braunfels Dentist is here to help you choose the perfect options to restore your smile.

Click here to contact him today for a consultation!

Dr. Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen, DDS has been involved in dentistry since 2003, starting his career as a dental hygienist before completing his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at UT Houston Dental Branch. Dr. Allen is a sixth generation Texan and was raised here in Central Texas. Learn more

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