When you have a chipped or broken tooth, you want to get it taken care of as soon as possible. But which option is better for you: a crown or veneer? Here’s a look at the difference between veneers and crowns, and the pros and cons of each.
The Difference Between Veneers and Crowns
What is the difference between a crown and a veneer? Both can improve the shape, appearance, and function of your teeth, but they come with a few key distinctions.
A veneer is a very thin layer of tooth-colored porcelain that covers only the front of your tooth. Veneers can be used to fix teeth that are chipped, stained, or have gaps.
Custom-made to the contour of your teeth, both veneers and crowns are bonded to the tooth’s original enamel for a natural look and comfortable feel.
Veneers vs Crowns: Pros and Cons
If your goal is primarily cosmetic improvement, such as fixing crooked or chipped teeth, veneers may be the right choice for you. Especially when deciding between crowns or veneers for front teeth, which are highly visible.
While crowns can also improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored or damaged, there are often medical reasons to get a crown as well. If a tooth has a large filling, a root canal, or is very worn or cracked, a crown can strengthen and preserve teeth you could otherwise lose.
However, placing a crown does require that more of your tooth be removed. Veneers, on the other hand, are less invasive and leave more of your original tooth intact.
Now, in terms of price, veneers and crowns are quite similar. Of course, individual costs may vary depending on the size of your tooth, where it is in your mouth, and the material used (porcelain, composite, etc.). It’s also worth noting that, as a cosmetic procedure, veneers are not always covered by dental insurance, whereas crowns typically are, since the procedure is necessary to maintain good dental health.
Ultimately, with either option, you can feel confident you’re making a worthwhile, long-term investment in a beautiful smile. With proper care, veneers and crowns can last for many years: Porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 10-20 years, while porcelain crowns can last 5-15 years.
Making a Decision
The best way to know whether veneers or crowns are right for you is to come in for an evaluation. Dr. Giaquinto and the team at Cottonwood Dental can assess the condition of your teeth and provide you with options that best meet your needs.
Questions about getting a dental crown vs veneer? Give us a call at (505) 210-7884 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.