Veneers vs Crowns - Which is right for you?
When it comes to restoring the appearance or function of your teeth, a common question asked is what the difference between veneers versus crowns is. Both serve the purpose of dental restoration, however it is important to know the key differences so you can make an informed decision, and one that’s right for you.
When it comes to restoring the appearance or function of your teeth, a common question asked is what the difference between veneers versus crowns is. Both serve the purpose of dental restoration, however it is important to know the key differences so you can make an informed decision, and one that’s right for you. You’ll know you are looking for a crown or porcelain veneers when you are looking to restore:
- Discoloured teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Decayed or weakened teeth
- Crooked teeth
Porcelain restorations encompass both veneers and crowns; they use the same material however what differs is the amount of the tooth that is being covered. Your cosmetic dentist will consider many factors before recommending you to opt for veneers or crowns. These include the current condition or strength of the existing tooth, its likelihood to break or come away under stress, your age, the position of the teeth, and its function etc. Each client and each tooth needs to be assessed individually and as a whole – to determine what is the best option. However, you’ll also find different dentists have their preferences! Here’s our handy guide for understanding veneers versus crowns, and how to choose the option that’s best suited to you:
A dental veneer is a very thin layer of porcelain that is bonded to the front of your existing tooth, that can change its shape, colour, texture, and overall appearance. It is usually the preferred method when the tooth itself requires cosmetic improvements and presents without any underlying structural issues. We prefer dental veneers as they are conservative – typically requiring very minimal tooth reshaping (typically a fingernail thickness of enamel only) and typically last between 10-15 years when done properly (and choosing The Dental Room will assist with doing just that!). Veneers can be placed on just one tooth, or multiple teeth for a more complete look, plus they are versatile enough to be customised to suit both teeth and budget.
The Dental Room veneers experience offers a bespoke and unique smile designed for each client, and one that doesn’t take the cookie cutter, ‘one size fits all’ approach. All of our work is done in our own state of the art in-house lab, by our very talented ceramist – Ms Chloe Park – who carefully hand-makes each ceramic veneer with complete detail and to the highest standard.
The porcelain veneer process is a multi step one. The process is feedback-driven over a series of appointments with both Dr Shawn Rama and our in-house master ceramist – Chloe – at The Dental Room, and therefore it gives you a chance to feel involved and have your input taken into account along the way, to help achieve the desired result. You help to design a look that works for and suits YOU.
In order to consider the costs, it’s important to know that it all starts with the cosmetic consultation, which, for my clients, is $130. At The Dental Room, each veneer, costs approximately $2,200 each, due to the fact that each tooth is individually handcrafted to suit you. If, like many, you don’t have this amount of cash to pay upfront, there is an option to enter a payment plan, which ultimately may seem more manageable for you.
A crown is a type of dental covering that is used to protect a tooth that presents with structural issues, however we get to improve the cosmetic appearance as well at the same time. It covers the whole tooth and acts as a shield for the remaining portion, preventing it from being damaged or lost altogether. Dental crowns made of porcelain are the most popular choice as the surface can be matched to the colour and texture of the surrounding teeth for a more natural appearance. And as our own in-house ceramist specialises in creating bespoke, natural porcelain crowns, you are always in good hands!
Dental crowns can be used to cover decayed teeth, fractured fillings, or large fillings that make the tooth more vulnerable. Although crowns often add protection, for example when they are applied after a root canal, adding strength to the weakened tooth, they are also used for cosmetic reasons i.e., some clients opt to have porcelain crowns applied over their teeth instead of a full set of porcelain veneers.
Dental crowns typically require two visits. During the first, the dentist will take molds of the tooth or teeth and make a temporary crown for you to wear. During this appointment, the dentist prepares the tooth and shapes it so it is ready for the crown and you can provide feedback on the fit. In the second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and clean the tooth, before applying the new one. Once fitted, the dentist will check the fit to make sure your new crown performs as close to a real tooth as normal. You’ll learn how to take care for your new crown, and the correct oral hygiene measures that should be put in place to help maintain the custom covering for as long as possible.
As with all procedures at The Dental Room, we start with a consultation, which costs $130. Dental crowns cost approximately $2,000 per tooth and again, there is an option to enter a payment plan, which may suit you better financially.
Which to Choose - veneers or crown?
When assessing the difference between porcelain veneers vs. porcelain crowns, myself and my team of highly skilled experts prefer to be on the conservative side. I’ve always said that the strongest part of someone’s mouth is their teeth, and any time you can build on someone’s own tooth (rather than cutting it down as you might expect with a crown), it is going to last longer. If there is a colour issue, I will provide the correct amount of preparation for a veneer, for example he’ll tuck it underneath the gum, ensuring that substrate will last much longer than a crown.
Say you have a root canal in the front tooth with a post in it. When that tooth was root canaled, a small hole was put in the back of the tooth, and 95% of the tooth is still there. Most dentists would cut that for a crown. Crowns need to be replaced after a certain length of time, and you don’t have the option to put your tooth structure back of course. Once your crown fails, you’re at the next step, which is most likely an implant. If you have a veneer that fails, that next step would be a crown, therefore a veneer is a more conservative way to go every single time.
The right answer isn’t always a veneer and we understand this. At The Dental Room, care and consideration is taken for each of our client’s age, type of occlusion, and what is deemed to be the best restoration for that particular person. Overall, our advice is to do your research, but the best way to make the first real step to a restored, natural smile, is by booking that first cosmetic consultation at The Dental Room.
About Dr Shawn Rama
Dr Shawn Rama is the Principal Dentist and Founder of The Dental Room with more than 17 years’ experience in his field. Over the years, he has steadily raised his profile as one of Australia’s elite dentists in the field of aesthetic dentistry, and along with his top in-house ceramist, is adept at designing customised, bespoke, porcelain veneers and crowns that transform smiles. Dr Shawn has created a unique clinic where as soon as you step in the door, you are greeted by warm and friendly dental professionals that put you first as the client, delivering an exceptional experience every time.
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