Veneers and crowns can restore the beauty of your teeth in cases of damage or other issues. However, they have significant differences. Which is the better choice in your case?
In this article, we will answer the following questions:
- What is the difference between veneers and crowns?
- What are their pros and cons?
- Which method of restoration should you choose?
They mainly differ in methods of attachment and purpose:
- Veneers. Installed to enhance the aesthetics of the smile. They are affixed to the front part of the teeth.
- Crowns. Suitable for restoring serious damage. They are fixed atop a prepared tooth.
Porcelain veneers look like thin plates made of ceramic, zirconia, or composite. To install them, a doctor shaves off a small layer of enamel from the front smile and affixes them using a special dental adhesive.
Learn more about different types of dental veneers.
Their thickness is only 0.2-0.5 mm. Indications for installation include:
- Enamel has darkened, changed color.
- Small chips have appeared.
- Large gaps between teeth.
- Tooth crowding.
Correct minor defects
Change enamel color
Restore the correct shape of teeth
Not suitable for repairing serious defects
Crowns are prosthetics, and they cover the whole tooth surface. Made from ceramic, or zirconia. For prosthetic placement, the doctor grinds the enamel and creates a stump. Fixed with dental cement.
There are several indications for crown placement:
- The tooth has been destroyed by ⅔.
- Deep caries, pulpitis has developed.
- There are large chips, cracks.
Protects the dentin from all sides
Strengthen a loose tooth
Restore the aesthetics of the smile
Significant enamel grinding is needed for installation
In cases of significant damage
To restore masticatory functions, dental crowns are a better fit. They not only disguise defects but also strengthen the tooth.
For aesthetic smile disturbances
Veneers effectively mask external flaws, such as darkening, color changes, and enamel stains.
For restoring front teeth
Natural appearance is crucial for the smile zone. Therefore, doctors recommend choosing porcelain veneers for the front teeth (if they are intact).
For restoring molars
They are not so visible while smiling. But they endure significant pressure. For molar restoration, strength is more important than aesthetics. Therefore, crowns are suitable.
We place ceramic veneers for their advantageous natural appearance and strength. They last from 15-20 years.
The cost of porcelain veneers starts from 899$ per tooth (promotion at the ADWcenter clinic), depending on the type of ceramic. Porcelain costs more because it is the most aesthetic and durable material.
|Porcelain Veneers||Teeth Crowns|
|Coverage Area||Cover only the front part of the tooth. Suitable only for front teeth||Cover all sides of the tooth. Can be placed on incisors or molars|
|Aesthetic||Look natural in the smile zone. Match the shade of natural enamel||Prosthetics made of ceramic, zirconia look natural|
|Invasiveness||Installation requires grinding a small layer of enamel||Installation requires significant grinding of enamel on all sides|
|Durability||Ceramic restorations serve from 15-20 years||Ceramic prosthetics serve from 15-20 years. Zirconia constructions serve from 20 years|
Personal care for both types of veneers is quite similar. In both cases, it is better to use a paste without abrasive particles, and a soft or medium brush. They will not damage the surface of the prosthetic.
No. During enamel grinding, the doctor uses local anesthesia. After its effect ends, tooth sensitivity may increase. But this sensation will pass within 1-2 days.
It is impossible to place both on the same tooth. Veneers can be placed in the smile zone, and crowns can be placed on molars. In this case, the doctor will fully restore the beauty and chewing functions of the dental arch.