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What is the Difference Between Dental Crowns and Veneers?

Many of us want to achieve the perfect smile and seek the best possible procedure to achieve it. But with so many options available in the dental market how can we determine which procedure is best for us? Dental crowns and veneers are two methods of improving your smile by restoration, but they differ in many ways. To learn the difference between dental crowns and veneers we must first understand what each procedure is, how it works, and what it costs.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a ceramic porcelain or porcelain fused to metal or gold that is applied to an entire damaged tooth to restore its appearance, shape, and size. Dental crowns are made out of either ceramic porcelain or any kind of metal. Porcelain crowns look the most like your natural teeth but may damage easier than metal. Porcelain infused to metal crowns are meant to look natural, however, the metal portion at the bottom of the tooth may outline a dark line on the gums.

Who should get a dental crown?

Dental crowns are recommended to patients who have a root canal, a large cavity, or those who need a filling that takes up more than three-fourths of a tooth. Dental crowns are also used if a tooth is decayed, broken, chipped, cracked, misshapen, or very discolored.

What is a dental veneer?

A dental veneer is made up of thin layers of porcelain used in the front portions of natural teeth to improve appearance. Veneers are meant to look like natural teeth and can be used to correct stains, gaps, chips, cracks, or misshapen teeth. Veneers are made to fit your individual teeth and are mostly used in the front of your mouth where the teeth are seen the most, whereas, crowns are used on your back teeth.


Which procedure is right for me?

Veneers definitely have a faster recovery time. As soon as the anesthesia wears off, you are good to go, and you can eat anything you want to eat almost immediately. Dental crowns may take longer to heal because there’s a lengthy process to it. Two visits to the dentist are required for dental crowns. During the first step, the dentist will clean and reshape your tooth then make a semi-permanent crown. The semi-permanent is used to protect your tooth while the permanent crown is made. You will receive your permanent crown during your second visit. It does take some time getting used to both crowns and veneers, but your teeth will eventually look, feel, and function like regular teeth. If you would like to know which procedure is the best option for you, be sure to talk to your dental hygienist.

What is the aftercare for dental crowns or veneers?

Dentists recommend not eating things like ice, corn chips, apples, certain candies like jawbreakers, and chocolate, especially after a dental procedure. You would also want to stay away from anything too cold such as ice cream and always be sure to wear a mouthguard if you are doing any extracurricular physical activities like soccer, volleyball, boxing, jiu-jitsu, or any martial arts temporarily. Additionally, it’s best not to chew with your front teeth and not grind your teeth when sleeping.

What is the difference in cost?

Normally, veneers are more inexpensive than the dental crowns themselves and are definitely the more effective one out of the two. Dental crowns can be pricey because it surrounds the entire tooth whereas veneers only cover the front of the tooth. They both are used to make people have a brighter, even, smile and make people feel confident enough to conquer on another beautiful day.

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