Are you finally taking steps to restore your teeth to get the beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted? If so, you may be debating between crowns and veneers to achieve your dream smile. Both options are popular and can resolve many of the same problems, so how will you choose which option is right for you? While your dentist can help you to make this selection, knowing more about each option can help to take the stress out of your decision.
What Are Veneers and Crowns?
It is important to understand what veneers and crowns are in order to know which will work for you. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that will be bonded to the front surface of your teeth. A small amount of enamel will be removed from the tooth so that the veneer can be bonded to the surface. The result is a beautiful smile with no changes to your bite. Dental crowns are also porcelain shells, but they fit over most of the tooth. This allows for cosmetic changes as well as improvements to the structure and function of the tooth.
The great thing about dental crowns and porcelain veneers is that both options are lifelong commitments. With proper dental hygiene, the lifespan of these restorations are long-term. Both options are made from porcelain that is resistant to stains, but failing to properly brush and floss can still cause them to be discolored. Unfortunately, restorations can’t be whitened or bleached like natural teeth, so it is important to be diligent with your oral hygiene routine to prevent these problems before they occur.
What Can Crowns and Veneers Fix?
Porcelain veneers and crowns are designed to fix different problems, so understanding the difference between these two restorations can help you to choose one or the other. Veneers are often selected by patients because they are primarily a cosmetic restoration. They won’t change the function of your teeth, but they can provide a great service in changing the appearance of your smile. Minor cracks and chips, stains, misalignments, and enamel damage can all be repaired and covered up with veneers.
Crowns can correct the same issues as those fixed with veneers, but they go a step further to fix the function of your teeth. If you were in an accident and chipped a tooth, a crown can get the tooth to return to its normal structure. If you have problems with your bite or need to protect a tooth that recently went through a root canal, crowns are also a better option than porcelain veneers.
Both dental crowns and veneers are great options for restoring your teeth to give you the bright and beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted. If you are still having a difficult decision choosing between the two options, contact us today to set up your evaluation. We can help you to select the restoration that will leave you with a smile that you are proud to show off for years to come.