Veneers Vs. Crowns Comparison
At Shenandoah Family Dentistry we want you to know that veneers and crowns aren’t the same things. This is important to understand because you’ll want to choose the correct option for your teeth. With this in mind, here are some things you should know about these two treatments.
What Veneers and Crowns Are
While both veneers and crowns are made of porcelain, this is where their similarities essentially end, and their differences begin. For example, crowns encase your whole tooth, but veneers are only bonded to the front surface of your tooth. What option is right for you depends on what type of restoration you need.
Understanding the Main Difference: Thickness
In the case of veneers, you’ll only have a thin layer of your tooth enamel shaved off while the core and back part of your tooth is left untouched. This is because porcelain veneers are wafer thin—about 1 mm thick or less.
On the other hand, with dental crowns, you’ll need to have more of your tooth enamel removed. This is because they’re thicker—about 2 mm or more.
What Veneers Are
Veneers allow us to make minor changes in your tooth’s shape and color. Unfortunately, since they’re made out of porcelain, veneers are somewhat brittle. As such, a strong force can fracture or dislodge them. However, they do provide you with a stain-free surface that you can easily maintain as long as you have good oral hygiene and a good, healthy diet (factors that determine the lifespan of both veneers and crowns).
There are times when we’ll need to deeply cut into your tooth while preparing it for veneers. There are also times when veneers are used to better align your teeth. Both of these are rare cases, but it’s what causes people to not understand the difference between these and crowns.
What Crowns Are
When you need crowns, we’ll need to shave your tooth down to its core, which will significantly change the shape of your tooth. This is usually the best option when you have a badly decayed or broken tooth because crowns can easily withstand the strong forces of biting, chewing, clenching, and grinding since they’re made from ceramic. They look natural in your mouth, which is why we use them in various circumstances.
Choosing Your Best Treatment Option
Simply looking at a tooth, it isn’t likely that you’ll be able to tell the difference between a veneer and a crown. Both options last a long time and give you a natural look—albeit these changes are permanent. Regardless of your choice, you’ll need to properly maintain them and avoid bad habits like biting down or chewing on hard substances. Otherwise, you’ll need to have more dental work done sooner than you’d like since neither of these options can withstand these bad habits.
When you’re ready to take a look at veneers vs. crowns, give Shenandoah Family Dentistry a call at (540) 773-0011. We’re here to help you decide which of these options are best for you so you can get started with the treatment you need.