What’re the benefits, and which one is right for you?
Both veneers and crowns are great restoration methods to improve the aesthetics and function of your teeth.
However, both restorations are different as veneers only cover the front of a tooth, whereas crowns cover the entire tooth.
What is a veneer?
Veneers are very thin layers of porcelain which are only about 1mm in thickness. Veneers are bonded down to the front of teeth to restore natural aesthetics.
To have a veneer placed, about half of a millimeter thick of enamel is removed to make room for veneers. You may need anaesthetic while the enamel is ground down.
However, for a veneer to be placed properly, there needs to be enough enamel left to bond to, and you must also not be suffering from gum disease.
The veneer process:
The dentist will take an impression of your tooth by digitally scanning to create a 3D copy – this will be done after having half a millimeter of enamel removed.
The 3D scans of your teeth will be sent off to a dental laboratory where your veneers will be fabricated. In the meantime, if you do not have much enamel left, you may receive temporary veneers.
When Yiannikos Centre of Holistic Dentistry receives your veneers backy, you will come back in to have the permanent veneers bonded to your teeth.
The veneers will restore a beautiful natural appearance of your smile. You may also need a nightguard to protect your new veneers from grinding.
Benefits of veneers:
- Mask discolourations, cracks or chips
- Close gaps between teeth
- Correct minor misalignments
What is a dental crown?
Whereas crowns are about 2mm in thickness and cover the entire tooth. The crowns at Yiannikos are made from zirconium, which is a non-metal biocompatible material. They restore both natural aesthetics and functions of a tooth.
A dental crown is recommended for a tooth that has been worn down, cracked and structurally damaged.
What is the dental crown procedure?
The dental crown procedure will usually take two visits to the dentist.
During the first appointment, the dentist will examine your tooth and overall oral health. The aim is to determine if there are any signs of tooth decay or gum disease, as these will have to be treated prior to a crown procedure.
The dentist will then file down and remove the outer layer of the tooth.
A 3D impression will then be taken of the filed down tooth, as well as the surrounding teeth to ensure the dental crown can be made to correctly fit your bite. The 3D scans of your teeth will be sent off to a dental laboratory where your permanent crown will be fabricated.
In the meantime, you will receive a temporary crown to protect the tooth.
Once the crown is received from the laboratory, you will have your second appointment where the permanent crown is cemented down.
Benefits of dental crowns:
- Supports a tooth that has been significantly damaged
- Holds a tooth together which is cracked or broken
- Protect a tooth from wear and tear
- Protect a tooth after a root canal procedure
- Restores both natural aesthetics and functions
So which one should you choose?
Both veneers and crowns improve your smile and function of your bite. They are both used in different situations and it’s best to visit Yiannikos Centre for Holistic Dentistry to decide which one is right for you.
What are you waiting for? Get in touch with Yiannikos to book in for a consultation to decide on either veneers or crowns to protect your teeth.