What Is The Difference Between Crowns And Veneers?

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A lot of people become confused when the hear the term “crowns” versus “veneers.” A crown is like putting a thimble on a finger, while a veneer is more like a fingernail.

Porcelain And Composite Veneers

Veneers can be made from two different materials. The first type of material is porcelain. This is something that is prepared by the lab, and then cemented onto the tooth. The other type of material, which I like to use, is composite. This composite material is very similar to the white filling material. You can add it to the tooth, right there in the mouth, and it often only takes one visit to complete.

I tend to prefer the composite veneers more, for several reasons.

They are less expensive, they can be made directly in the mouth, and the patient can give me immediate feedback on how they look. While they’re considered more a temporary procedure, I’ve seen them last more than 20 years.

No-Prep Veneers

A product I’ve seen promoted a lot recently, especially towards dentists, are no-prep veneers. These sound like a good idea because you don’t need to remove any material from the tooth. The problem is that they are made of porcelain and, as with any shortcut, there are drawbacks. Porcelain needs a certain thickness in order to be strong enough. I like to call them no-last veneers, because I’ve seen many, many of them broken, in my office.

What Are Crowns?

A crown is different, because it covers the entire tooth. Because of this, more of the natural tooth structure may need to be taken away in order to make the crown. They are thought of as a more long-lasting solution, and often tend to be stronger.

Crowns and veneers provide many options for those who are looking to change their smile, or repair damaged or broken teeth.