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Dental Veneers vs Dental Crowns


Dental veneers and dental crowns are perhaps two of the most frequently requested procedures provided by a cosmetic dentist. Both are great aesthetic solutions that promise a beautiful and healthy-looking smile. There are some intrinsic differences that you should know about in order to make an informed decision as to which of the two would benefit you the most.


The dental veneer is essentially a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded to the tooth for two reasons: correcting the appearance of the tooth and protecting it from damage. As the name suggests, veneers are used to hide the external flaws of your teeth and as such are frequently recommended as a pure cosmetic restoration for your anterior teeth (front teeth). Whether you have cracked, misshapen, discoloured, crooked or gappy teeth, dental veneers provide an ideal solution to conceal these dental flaws with perfectly contoured teeth laminates.


The other popular cosmetic treatment is that of the dental crown. A dental crown is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over an existing tooth for the purpose of correcting its appearance. However, it has an added capability in reinforcing the strength of the tooth and repairing its function at the same time. The permanent dental crown is usually cemented into place to restore broken or fractured teeth, repair decayed teeth or replace defective fillings. Typically fabricated in a dental lab, crowns may also be used to modify the appearance of your teeth.


What are the differences?


While the dental veneer covers the front surface of the tooth, the crown is placed over the tooth. Crowns are recommended for the repair of teeth where patients may lack the structural integrity.


Dental crowns are recommended for patients who may suffer from chronically broken or decayed teeth. Very often, it also depends on the type of teeth that requires restoration. Repaired teeth used for extensive grinding and chewing, for example, will be better served by dental crowns as they provide more stability and durability. Of course, the dental crown is also a veritable cosmetic device, making your repaired tooth look healthy and gleaming white.


Conversely, the main focus of the veneer is that of appearance and beauty, as opposed to providing any meaningly structural support. Veneers are therefore recommended for patients who have strong teeth – without any underlying dental ailments – but wish to conceal their existing teeth for beauty reasons.


In terms of costs, crowns cost more, with fees largely dependent on type of materials and expertise of the cosmetic dentist. They are also used in more challenging restorative situations, whereas veneers are used for pure cosmetic purposes. Nevertheless, veneers are becoming more popular due to their versatility and non-invasive procedures. Not only does it cover almost every cosmetic flaw with customised precision, it doesn’t require as much tooth reduction as dental crowns and the preparation is also less traumatic for the tooth. 


The bottom line is this: Both Crowns and Veneers look and feel like your own teeth and are great restorative options, but a lot depends on what your needs are. If you think your teeth are breaking down with age or are looking for a smile which would be happy to show everyone, speak to a dentist at Dentistry@Ballarat. For more info on Dentistry at Ballarat, call +61(3) 53649555



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