If you’ve got damaged teeth or you’re looking to improve your smile, you may be wondering what the best option is. We hear this question from patients often when they need to repair or improve their front teeth.
While every patient is different and we always want to look at each person individually and holistically, these are some general guidelines that can help you understand the benefits of each.
How Do They Look?
Both crowns and veneers can provide you with a completely natural look that is color matched to the particular tone of your other teeth and can be shaped to look perfectly at home in your mouth.
In fact, depending on your needs, you may even be able to mix and match crowns with veneers and they will be indistinguishable from each other.
Do You Grind Your Teeth?
While veneers can restore the beauty of ground teeth, they may not be the best option. These porcelain laminates adhere to your existing tooth, which makes them susceptible to being worn down or even popping off.
Crowns on the other hand are a solid milled fit and are a more secure choice for grinders. If you have veneers and find that they keep falling off, it may be time to consider crowns.
However, if you’re willing to wear a night guard to protect your veneers, then they can still work as long as they’re otherwise a good choice for your circumstances.
Keep in mind that grinding can cause larger problems with your bite that should be corrected first. You want teeth that look great but you also want teeth that function, too. Whatever route you choose, both aesthetics and functionality need to be considered.
What Condition Are Your Teeth In?
The decision to use veneers or crowns takes into account the position, strength and overall appearance of your teeth.
If you have lost a large portion of your tooth to trauma or decay, crowns are a better option, because veneers require a certain amount to tooth structure to be available so they can adhere properly.
Ask Your Dentist!
Both crowns and veneers can provide you with an aesthetic, permanent option for better looking front teeth, but which you should choose depends on your needs and goals.
Your dentist will be able to advise you after a thorough exam and explain the treatment options, pros and cons.
If you have any questions about how to improve your smile, let us know. We want you to feel comfortable and confident in your choices.