The two top choices to achieve a healthy-looking smile are dental crowns and veneers. Both dental treatments can conceal and fix tooth damage and discoloration. Both are made from porcelain with the only difference is the tooth surface that they have to cover. How will a patient choose between the two dental treatments?
As people age, the teeth starts to weaken and become more susceptible to tooth decay, cracks and discoloration. If the tooth has decayed or has cracked and weakened, the dentist usually suggests a dental crown to make sure that the tooth is supported and will not be damaged further.
Compared to veneers, dental crowns are more invasive in protecting a weak tooth, restoring a broken tooth or an extremely worn down tooth and covering a tooth with large filling. It is more likely for a patient to need crowns if he has undergone aggressive dental work. The crown is also the ideal solution when a tooth is broken or damaged due to an accident. If a healthy tooth structure is inadequate for veneers, the better option is crown restoration.
Meanwhile, veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain that will be applied to cover the entire front side of the tooth. Crowns will cover the entire back and front of the damaged tooth. Veneers are a good option if tooth still has a healthy and solid structure. Veneers are extensively used in cosmetic dentistry to straighten a smile, brighten the tooth colour and perfect the edges and length.
The dentist will diagnose the tooth problem before suggesting the right treatment. Both veneers and crowns are customized for a patient but since there are different situations, only one option will be chosen for the problem. The dentist will also determine whether you are a perfect candidate for either crowns or veneers.
It will take you two visits to have dental crowns to fix broken or cracked teeth. During the first visit the tooth will be reshaped so that a crown can be placed over it. After a week, a permanent crown will be placed using cement to ensure that it is in place. When you look in the mirror you will notice that you have regained your beautiful smile.