Cosmetic Dental Crowns Vs. Veneers
Are you unhappy with the way your smile looks? Then welcome to the field of cosmetic dentistry! Today, you have lots of convenient options to completely revamp your smile and get the look you’ve always wanted.
Two of the most popular types of dental cosmetic procedures are veneers and cosmetic crowns. Check out this short blog post to understand the differences between them and which one can help you reach your smile goals!
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are made from a thin layer of porcelain, designed to get bonded to the front surface of a person’s natural teeth. This makes veneers perfect for addressing lots of cosmetic issues, such as:
- Severe staining
- Tooth discoloration
- Minor chips and cracks
- Irregularly-sized teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Gaps between teeth, etc.
Veneers are an irreversible procedure since they require a bit of enamel shaving to allow them to bond with the tooth properly. With the right care, the results can last as long as 15 years before the veneers need to be replaced.
What Are Cosmetic Crowns?
Cosmetic crowns are dental caps that restore a tooth's full function and look. Unlike veneers, which have mostly cosmetic properties, dental crowns can be used in cases where the tooth has suffered some damage, such as an infection or a large cavity.
To get a dental crown, the natural tooth needs to be completely reshaped and reduced in size so that the cap can effectively fit on top.
Which One Is Better?
Both dental crowns and veneers are great options to achieve a perfect smile. Deciding between the two ultimately comes down to your needs and smile expectations, which is why you should see Dr. Jessica Barton for a consultation.
Here are some of the major differences between veneers and dental crowns:
- Effect on natural teeth - Veneers are a lot less invasive than dental crowns, as they only require a tiny amount of enamel shaving. As a result, dental crowns are not recommended when the patient has perfectly healthy teeth;
- Insurance - If you have dental insurance, you may be able to cover the cost of your dental crowns if it’s necessary to restore the health of your tooth in addition to its appearance. Since veneers are mostly a cosmetic procedure, insurance will likely not cover them;
- Smile upgrade - Veneers can help patients with major cosmetic issues completely, changing their smile’s appearance and covering each tooth seamlessly. Crowns are not recommended for multiple or all teeth since they are far more invasive.
Still Not Sure Which One Is for You?
Dr. Jessica Barton can help you decide which procedure will get you the results you want during a quick and hassle-free consultation.
Book a cosmetic dental appointment at Harmony Dentistry today, and stop by to discover your options.
For more information, feel free to call (317) 399-1208 for a short chat.