Veneers vs. Crowns Comparison
Your teeth perform many essential tasks every single day, from allowing you to eat and speak to providing you with a beautiful smile. However, when your teeth are damaged, one or more of your teeth’s functions are affected. At Dallas Prosthodontics, we can help to restore your teeth with veneers and crowns.
What Are Veneers and Crowns?
Veneers are thin “shells” that are used to cover the visible portions of damaged teeth. They can be made of composite resin or porcelain. Porcelain is often the material of choice, providing strength and better aesthetics over composite resin.
Crowns, on the other hand, are like small caps that cover the entire visible portion of damaged teeth. These can be made from several materials, each with their specific strengths and weakness. Metal crowns are the strongest material available and are practically indestructible, but their color makes them stand out. Porcelain fused to metal provides the strength of metal around the tooth, with an aesthetic porcelain coating. However, a thin metal line often shows through the porcelain. Ceramic is the best aesthetic option. While not as strong as metal, it can stand up to normal biting and chewing forces.
What Are They Used For?
Veneers are used mainly as an aesthetic fix to minor dental imperfections that are causing your smile to appear flawed. They can fix some different issues, including:
Crowns, on the other hand, are meant to provide a fix more serious dental issues, protecting compromised teeth and providing them strength, helping to avoid the need for an extraction. They are used in several situations such as:
How Are They Placed?
Both veneers and crowns require that the teeth being treated be prepared. This means that the enamel is removed from the teeth, which is done under a local anesthetic. Veneers require only a small amount of enamel to be removed from the front surface of the affected teeth. After the removal of enamel, impressions are taken and used to design and fabricate your veneers. When they are ready, an acidic gel is placed on the surface of your teeth, which creates a rough texture, which will allow your veneers to adhere better. After the gel is cleaned away, the veneers are bonded in place. Veneers can last up to 20 years or more.
Crowns, because they cover the whole tooth, require more enamel to be removed. The removal of enamel allows for the restorations to fit in naturally, and comfortably, with the rest of your teeth. Once prepared, impressions are taken, allowing for the design and fabrication of your restorations. After they are ready, they are cemented in place. The type of crown will affect its lifespan. Metal crowns can last over 50 years. Ceramic crowns will usually last 15 to 20 years, but some can last up to 30 or more.
If your teeth are damaged, veneers and crowns can help to restore them, and your smile. To find out which option is right for you, contact Dallas Prosthodontics today at (972) 503-7200.