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Veneers vs Crowns


At Woodcroft Dental Practice in Midhurst, patients often ask us about the best treatment options for cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Two of the most popular options are veneers and crowns. While both can dramatically improve the aesthetics of your smile, they are different in their application, procedure, and suitability. In this article, we aim to shed light on these differences and help you make an informed decision.

Veneers vs Crowns: A comparison

Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or composite resin, which we bond to the front surface of your teeth. We typically use them to enhance the appearance of your smile by correcting minor aesthetic issues like stained, chipped, or slightly misaligned teeth.

On the other hand, crowns are essentially ‘caps’ that cover the entire tooth. They are used for both cosmetic and restorative purposes, such as protecting a weak tooth, restoring a broken or severely worn-down tooth, or covering a tooth with a large filling.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Veneers

Veneers are an excellent choice if you’re looking to make aesthetic changes. They require less removal of the natural tooth structure compared to crowns and are resistant to staining. However, they may not be suitable if you have poor oral health or if the tooth is severely damaged. Also, they can be more expensive and dental insurance does not usually cover them.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Crowns

Crowns are incredibly versatile and can be used for a variety of dental issues. They provide better structural support for damaged teeth and are generally more durable than veneers. However, getting a crown typically involves more extensive tooth preparation, which can lead to discomfort. They also tend to be more visible than veneers, particularly when made from metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal.

When to choose Veneers over Crowns

Veneers would be a better choice if you are primarily concerned with cosmetic enhancements. They are ideal for improving the colour, shape, or alignment of your teeth without significant structural changes. However, you should have good oral health and must commit to maintaining it, as veneers require careful cleaning to prevent decay under the edges.

When to choose Crowns over Veneers

Crowns should be your go-to option if you have significant tooth damage or decay, or if you need a root canal. They are also a better choice if you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, as crowns are more robust and less likely to crack under pressure. But remember, getting a crown is a more involved process and may require a longer recovery time.

In conclusion, both veneers and crowns have their place in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. The right choice depends on your individual dental needs and personal preferences. We hope this article has given you a clearer understanding of these two options. If you have any more questions, feel free to get in touch with us at Woodcroft Dental Practice.

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