If you have had issues with your teeth, you probably know by now that there are countless options of solutions for all sorts of problems. Although back in the day chipping or losing a tooth meant living that way for the rest of your life, times have drastically changed. Our choices are endless and no matter what the problem might be, there almost always is a solution for it thanks to technological advancements we have made.
Since all of the choices tend to create a lot of confusion amongst people, this aims to clarify certain differences to make a better decision when it comes to selecting what’s best for you. When it comes to beautifying your teeth due to factors such as discolouration, wear and tear and so on, a common question is… dental veneers or crowns?
Here are some traits of each to help you gain perspective:
- Dental veneers and crowns are made on the foundation, in that they are both porcelain in nature
- They differ from each other in the amount of tooth coverage they provide
- Dental veneers are generally mostly used for aesthetic purposes to correct alignment or colour while crowns are used for support and strength
The above are necessary when deciding what would suit you. The final say would of course lie with your dentist, but it’s always a good idea to be well-informed and do a bit of independent research yourself before you go in for an appointment just so you know what you’re in for. While you consider the cosmetic necessities for your teeth, you also need to check the physical needs. For example, if your tooth is badly worn down or is displaying the remnants of years of excessive fillings, a crown is what you need to go for as it provides support for the entire tooth. Whilst a dental veneer offers some level of protection, they are not really suited for situations of extreme tooth decay as it could be detrimental to your oral health.
A very important factor to consider is that the construction dental veneers, (though this may seem unlikely at first) is actually an art form. Although your dentist is responsible for the initial consultation and analysis of your situation and fitting, the ceramist though less celebrated is who really matters in this equation. It is them who can create the real aesthetics you require. Just as you give weight to all those other factors, you also must consider an experience ceramist for the job.
In general, dental veneers are the preferred option in many cases since they don’t require changes to tooth structure unlike crowns; although veneers do require tooth reduction of something like 1mm, this is comparatively far lesser than what is needed for a crown. If however you have had a crown in place before on the tooth, you cannot replace it with a veneer you must use a new crown. In some cases, you might be able to use a combination of dental veneers and crowns depending on your dentist’s advice so ask them about this possibility during your consultation.