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2 February 2022

What's the difference between crowns and veneers?

Crowns and veneers provide patients with brilliant options to improve their teeth and smile. These procedures allow patients to fix gaps, crooked teeth, worn teeth, or those with discolouration. However, it can be difficult to decide what the best procedure will be for you. This guide will explain everything you need to know about veneers, crowns, and the pros and cons of both.

What are Veneers?

What exactly are veneers? Our questions below will explain everything you need to know.

What is Veneer treatment?

Veneer treatment is when a dentist will place a thin piece of material over the top of your natural tooth to create a new shape, close gaps, fix discolouration, or other similar issues. There is usually some other treatment prior to the veneer application where your natural tooth will be prepped and colour matched beforehand.

If you’re looking to straighten your teeth using Veneers then we suggest reading our related blog post.

How much do Veneers cost?

Depending on what type of veneers you get, prices can vary. Porcelain veneers are the most expensive kind and will range anywhere from £500- £1000 per tooth. Composite veneers are slightly cheaper, ranging from £150 to £500 per tooth.

When should someone get Veneers?

Someone should get veneers if they are looking to fix imperfections within their smile. Veneers will be perfect for someone with tooth gaps, staining, crooked teeth, or slightly overlapping.

What are Crowns?

What exactly are Crowns? Our questions below will explain everything you need to know.

What is Dental Crown treatment?

Dental crown treatment is where a permanent cap is placed over the top of your natural tooth. Dental crowns can be used to restore cosmetic appearance, but also help to rebuild decayed or weak teeth. Similar to veneers, dental crown treatment will involve some preparation of your natural tooth before the crown is administered.

How much do Dental Crowns cost?

A porcelain dental crown can cost anywhere between £600 and £850 per tooth, depending on your dental practice. Cheaper materials such as a resin dental crown can be cheaper but are not as long-standing.

When should someone get a dental Crown?

Someone should get a dental crown if they’re looking to enhance the cosmetic appearance of their teeth by creating a more seamless or brighter smile. Dental crowns are also popularly used for support if an existing tooth has decayed or been heavily damaged.

Pros and cons of Veneers

Pros of Veneers

  • You can opt for veneers that will require less filing/prep on your natural teeth, meaning there is more that remains underneath the veneer.
  • Veneers are a less invasive procedure than crowns
  • Perfect for minor cosmetic imperfections.

Cons of Veneers

  • Veneers are a permanent procedure, so cannot be reversed.
  • Composite veneers aren’t that long-lasting and may need to be replaced after a few years.
  • It leaves more of the tooth exposed and therefore vulnerable to decay.

Pros and cons of Crowns

Pros of Crowns

  • All of the tooth is covered by the crown, which leaves less room for potential decay.
  • More durable than a veneer.
  • Perfectly suited for more serious dental issues like a decayed or heavily damaged tooth.

Cons of Crowns

  • Due to there being more preparation for a crown, less of your natural teeth remain.
  • The process is much more invasive than a veneer procedure.
  • Your gum margin may begin to show after a few years, and the dark line above the tooth can be a cosmetic issue for many.

When are Veneers the best choice?

Veneers are the best choice for patients who are looking to fix mild cosmetic imperfections or damage. This improvement can help fix discolouration, any chipping or even mildly crooked teeth among other things.

When are dental Crowns the best choice?

Crowns are the ideal choice for patients whose dental issues are slightly more serious than mild cosmetic problems. Crowns can be used to provide support for structurally weaker teeth, cracked and decayed teeth and other teeth that need root canals.

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