Veneers Vs. Cosmetic Crowns: What’s Right For Me?

If you’re thinking about restoring your smile, and you are wondering which cosmetic dentistry treatments are right for you at Willow Creek Smiles, we’re here to help guide you in the right direction. Veneers and cosmetic crowns are popular ways to restore a smile because they are both affordable and efficient.

Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding which one may be right for your particular needs:

Porcelain Veneers – Affordable, Long-Lasting Cosmetic Treatment

Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth shaped dental prostheses that cover the entire front chewing surfaces of your teeth. Veneers are usually crafted from durable porcelain materials, and designed to match your existing teeth. Typically, they are used for the anterior (front) teeth.

Veneers are much thinner than dental crowns. This means that less material must be removed from the tooth in order to prepare for treatment. In turn, this means the procedure is less invasive. However, it also means that veneers are not nearly as strong or durable as porcelain crowns. This is why veneers are only meant to be a cosmetic treatment. They can cover up minor tooth flaws, but are not intended to support and strengthen weakened or damaged teeth.

Cosmetic Crowns – Protect And Restore Damaged Teeth

If your tooth is severely damaged or misshapen due to a traumatic impact injury or tooth decay, a cosmetic crown is the best way to restore it. Crowns are built from thick, durable porcelain materials, and they cover the entire exterior chewing surface of your teeth.

Essentially, a crown is meant to completely replace your existing tooth. The underlying enamel is trimmed to remove decayed or damaged material, and the crown is bonded permanently into place, taking the place of the original tooth.

Cosmetic crowns can be used to restore teeth that are seriously cracked or misshapen, or even to replace old steel or gold crowns with a more pleasing, tooth-colored crown that matches the rest of your teeth.

Which Cosmetic Options is Best for You?

There is no simple answer to this question. It depends on your oral health, budget, and a number of other factors. In general, veneers are better if you are only looking for aesthetic improvement and your teeth are otherwise healthy.

If you have any teeth that are seriously damaged or misshapen, restorative treatment with cosmetic crowns would be a better option. And, in some cases, a combination of both veneers and cosmetic crowns may be right for you.

Schedule an appointment at Willow Creek Smiles with Dr. Nguyen. He is an expert in cosmetic dentistry, and can help you understand which procedures are right for restoring your smile.

To get started, contact us now at (281) 516-8575, or stop by our office in-person at 9166 FM 2920 Rd. Suite 900, Tomball, TX 77375. We’re always taking new patients, and would be happy to meet you.