Difference Between Dental Crowns & Veneers, Pros, Cons

Are you satisfied with the look of your teeth? When you look in the mirror, are you happy with what you see? Or, do you not want to look at all? Are you worried that your teeth are less than they could be? Maybe you have cracked, crooked or discolored teeth. If you have teeth that you are not happy with, you may be considering dental crowns or veneers. If you’re trying to decide how to make your teeth look their best, here’s some information on dental crowns & veneers.

Veneers

Veneers are thin porcelain shells. A dentist customizes them to fit over your existing teeth. Veneers are considered a great idea if you have crooked, cracked or discolored teeth. Veneers are usually placed on your top teeth, your bottom teeth or both. The veneers procedure is actually quite simple, and they take less than a day to place. Your dentist will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers. Then, he or she will cement them onto your teeth.

You may be wondering, “Are veneers permanent?” Veneers are permanently fixed to your teeth. From time to time, you might suffer from a cracked or broken veneer. While this is much less common than it used to be, you need to know that it does happen. If it happens to you, you will have to have the veneer replaced. Dental veneers cost from as little as $500 per tooth to up to $2,000 per tooth. In nearly all cases, insurance does not cover veneers. Therefore, you will be footing the entire bill.

Crowns

Dentists can apply veneers to an entire upper or lower jaw. However, they apply crowns to a single tooth or group of teeth. People generally request crowns when their teeth are broken or severely cracked. Often, people who are in midlife find their teeth are breaking because cavities have weakened them. Usually, crowns cost less per tooth than veneers do, but they require more preparation. The cost of a crown also depends on what material the dentist used to make it. In the past, people requested gold or silver crowns. However, now people request that a crown looks like a normal tooth. They want the crown to blend in with the other teeth.

Crowns vs Veneers

Before you make a decision about crowns vs. veneers, you need to consider both of these dental procedures. First, you need to think about the cost of crowns vs. veneers. Depending on the dentist, crowns may be cheaper than veneers, or they may be more expensive. Each dentist is different. Also, crowns require more preparation time. Your dentist will make a mold of each tooth. Then, he or she will ground your teeth down a bit to accommodate the crowns. While crowns are more difficult to break, they also require more time to do.

Also, you need to look at the cost of crowns and veneers over time. When a crown breaks, you will need to replace it. However, when a veneer breaks, you have to replace the entire upper or lower veneer. Over time, this can get to be expensive.

The technology for dental crowns & veneers is changing all the time. Dentists are looking to make veneers and crowns of lighter and stronger material. This makes it much easier to transform the look of your teeth.

Want to transform your smile? Then, contact Dr. Paul Feldman at Suburban Essex Dental in West Orange, N.J., in Essex County. Dr. Feldman is consistently rated among the top West Orange Dentists. Give us a call today and let us begin the process of transforming your smile into something you love.

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