Veneers Vs. Crowns – What You Need To Know

Oftentimes we see patients in our dentist practice who ask us about veneers vs. crowns. Some people are under the common misconception that these two treatments are the same thing. While both veneers and crowns are similar in their procedure, design process, and final appearance, they do have their differences and ideal circumstances in which one is better than the other.

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The Procedure

Both veneers and crowns are custom pieces of porcelain that are cemented over individual teeth. They both require that some prep work be done to the natural tooth ahead of time, and once it’s completed an impression or scan will be taken of the remaining structure.  The replica of your mouth is used to design and fabricate your custom restoration.

Typically, it takes a couple of weeks to have a crown or veneer made. During this time, you’ll wear a restoration that’ll be held in place with an interim cement. Temporary crowns and veneers are made from a plastic-like material and come in different shades, but the choices may be limited.

Cost of Crowns and Veneers

Most of the time both veneers and crowns average around $1,000 (depending on what they’re made out of). That’s not including insurance, which usually covers a portion of crowns (but not cosmetic veneers.) If you properly take care of your new teeth, then your restorations will likely last for many years before needing to be updated.

Caring for Crowns and Veneers

Having good home care will help ensure that your restoration and natural tooth underneath stay strong and healthy.  Brushing twice daily is important, especially at the gumline where the tooth meets the porcelain. This area is called the margin, and it’s where plaque will sit and eventually decay your tooth if it’s not cleaned off properly. Flossing will help you remove food particles from between your teeth that you can’t reach when brushing.

Veneers vs. Crowns: Which One Is Best for You 

If you think you need a crown or veneer but aren’t sure which one is the best option for you, then schedule a visit with us at Atwell Smiles. If it’s a smile makeover that you’re after, it’s not uncommon for us to place a combination of both veneers and crowns. 

Atwell Smiles is well equipped with the most modern examination equipment available including a modern Panoramic x-ray machine and an internal mouth camera. Whichever you prefer – crowns or veneers, Atwell smiles can assist you with the best family dental health services in Perth! Call our office today!

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