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Which is Better – Dental Veneers or Crowns?

Which is Better - Dental Veneers or Crowns?

Cosmetic dentistry includes a number of procedures that can transform the look of your teeth and return function that you lost due to injury or decay. Two of the most common and transformative cosmetic procedures that are available are dental veneers and crowns. These two procedures can make a big difference in the way that your smile looks and functions. If you are considering getting some cosmetic procedures completed, you may be wondering if dental veneers or crowns are better. Both procedures have their place in cosmetic dentistry – the right one for you depends on your needs.  

Cover discolored teeth

Your teeth are exposed daily to foods and drinks that can cause surface stains. These stains can cause your teeth to look discolored and dull. The good news is that surface stains can be addressed with consistent brushing, routine dental cleanings, and professional whitening – if needed. Surface stains are not the only thing that can cause tooth discoloration. Some types of medication can cause discoloration to your teeth from below the surface. In addition, an injury to your tooth can cause it to become discolored. This type of discoloration cannot be fixed with surface whitening solutions. This type of discoloration needs to be covered. Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to your teeth. The veneers are matched to the color of your teeth that do not need veneers so they look natural. The veneers will not get stained, and the discoloration of the tooth below will not bleed through. Porcelain crowns can provide the same benefits as veneers but are not necessary if all you are trying to do is address discoloration.

Hide cracks, chips, and gaps

Cracks and chips on your teeth can be unsightly. There are a number of options for covering up cracks and chips. Porcelain veneers can be used to cover minor damage on your teeth. An injury can cause a chip to your tooth or something as simple as biting down on a piece of hard food. Cracks to your teeth can happen in the same way. It is important to have your dentist check out your teeth after you chipped or cracked your tooth. It is possible for that damage to go deeper into your tooth and cause long-term damage. If your dentist determines that the damage is only on the surface, porcelain veneers can cover it up and make your smile look great again. Veneers can also be used to fill in unwanted spaces between your teeth and improve the overall look of your smile.

Mask severed damage

Severe damage to your teeth needs to be addressed with something more than porcelain veneers. Veneers only cover the front surface of your teeth. If you have more severe damage to your teeth, porcelain crowns are a better choice than veneers. Crowns are designed to completely encapsulate your tooth. This means that they can cover damage that is more widespread than a crack or chip. The process of getting porcelain crowns is more involved than veneers so your dentist will only recommend them if they are the best option for repairing your teeth.

Both porcelain veneers and crowns can be used to improve the look of your smile. The right choice for you depends on what you need fixed on your teeth. You and your dentist will work together to determine if dental veneers or dental crowns are the better choice for you.  

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