Veneers Vs Crowns - Pros and Cons of Each - Savina Dental Clinics

Crowns and veneers provide an efficient way to improve the function and appearance of your teeth. Both options are popular and can achieve great results. Although they are both a suitable option for dental restoration, there are some key differences between them. As such, it is important to understand the key differences to choose the right ones for your dental needs.

In this article, we will discuss the differences between veneers and crowns, the pros and cons of each and what you can expect from each process.

What are dental veneers?

A veneer is a permanent thin layer of porcelain or composite material that is bonded to the surface of the tooth to disguise its natural shape, colour and irregularities.

Porcelain veneers offer excellent aesthetic benefits, which is why they are a common option for cosmetic purposes. They are applied to the surface of the visible part of the tooth to cover teeth that are discoloured, chipped, uneven or worn out.

Veneers are less invasive than crowns since very little or, in most instances, no removal of the natural tooth structure is required, leaving more of the original tooth structure intact.

How do I get veneers?

Veneers provide a more conservative treatment option than crowns. Once you and your dentist determine that dental veneers are the best option for you, they will proceed to make a mould of your teeth, which will create a mockup of your new smile. This will give you a very good idea of the final result before you commence dental veneer treatment.

To prepare your tooth for the veneer application, your dentist may need to file away a small amount of your tooth enamel. Otherwise, the veneer may appear bulky and unnatural.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a cover or cap that encases the entire tooth. A dental crown can be made of porcelain, metal or a combination of both. Typically, dental crowns help to restore a tooth’s shape and size, enhance its strength and increase performance.

A crown is usually about double the thickness of veneers, making it more durable and resistant to cracking and wearing than veneers.

How do I get dental crowns?

Multi-day treatment

This procedure takes a more traditional approach that calls for two dental visits. The process starts with your dentist creating an impression of your teeth by digitally scanning them or by making a mould. The mould or image will be sent to a lab to fabricate the crown. To make space for the dental crown, your dentist may need to reduce the surfaces of your natural tooth.

They will provide you with a temporary crown to cover and protect the chipped tooth.

Once the permanent crown is ready, you will return for the second visit. Your dentist will place the crown over the affected tooth and adjust it to fit correctly. They will also confirm that your bite is right before firmly cementing it into place.

Same-day treatment

This is a more modern approach that allows you to have the permanent crown installed on-site in one visit. To achieve fast results, dentists use CEREC or other digital scanning technology. This technology includes a digital scan and design centre, which is attached to a porcelain milling machine. These restorations are perfect in every way-shade, shape and fit. It achieves all these while avoiding a second trip to the dentist and multiple injections.

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Similarities between veneers and crowns

Although dental veneers and crowns are not the same, they work in similar ways. The similarities between crowns and veneers include:

  • They are both made in a lab
  • Both treatments are tailor-made to fit the size, shape and colour of your teeth
  • Both treatments look like the real thing and provide stability and protection to your teeth
  • Both treatments enhance the appearance and function of your teeth

Pros of veneers

  • Quite aesthetically pleasing
  • Some require little to no removal of the tooth’s enamel
  • They have minimal movement and typically feel natural

Cons of veneers

  •  Lengthy preparation and application process
  • Teeth underneath the veneers are still susceptible to decay
  • Veneers are not permanent
  • They are more prone to damage and cracks, especially if you grind your teeth at night

Pros of crowns

  • Crowns cover the entire tooth, protecting it from decay
  • They protect damaged teeth from non-restorable fractures and root canals
  • They are aesthetically pleasing, with the added benefit of strength

Cons of crowns

  • The porcelain in crowns may suffer wear and tear over time
  • Requires the removal of more of the natural tooth structure

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Veneers Vs crowns- Choosing the right option

Veneers and crowns are both excellent options for restoring broken or damaged teeth. However, they aren’t the same thing.

When crowns are an ideal option

Since crowns cover the entire tooth, they are the best option when you need to restore more of the tooth’s structure. As such, teeth that have suffered severe tooth decay, have had a large filling or root canal or are extremely cracked are good candidates for crown installations.

They provide both cosmetic and functional strength, improving your ability to chew and eat food. Crowns are also a good option for teeth that have experienced damage around the edges, which happens due to excessive tooth grinding.

When veneers are an ideal option

Veneers are merely cosmetic enhancements of the appearance of a tooth and are ideal when the issues you want to address are relatively minor and aesthetic. They are an excellent solution for problems like chipped teeth, badly stained teeth, small gaps or minor cracks in teeth.

The cost of veneers and crowns

The cost of a dental crown starts from €390 and the final cost depends on several factors, including the size of the tooth, materials used and the amount of prep work involved.

On the other hand, the cost of dental veneers starts from €425 per tooth. You can view our indicative pricing page for full details.

Regardless of the type of treatment you choose, crowns and veneers are both dental restoration methods that can improve the look and function of your teeth. Whichever treatment you choose, just make sure to practice good dental care to prolong its life.

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Joseph Xuereb
Principal Dental Surgeon & Owner of Savina Dental Clinics, Dr Joseph Xuereb BChD (Hons), MFGDP(UK), MGDS RCS(Eng), FFGDP RCS(UK), FICD is a general dental practitioner with a special interest in Implant and Restorative Dentistry. Dr Joseph & the teams' full biographical information can be found here.