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Veneers versus Dental Crowns

Veneers and dental crowns have many similarities. They’re both designed to restore the look and function of your teeth, and they both do that by bonding to the surface of the tooth. There are some key differences between veneers and crowns, though, both in form and function.

The primary difference between the two is that while a crown covers the whole tooth, a veneer covers only the front of the tooth. To attach a crown, the dentist will remove any decay, but may also need to file down your natural tooth to make the crown fit. By contrast, only half a millimeter of enamel is removed to bond a veneer to a tooth. In order to be a candidate for veneers, a patient must have sufficient enamel so that a millimeter can be removed and enough will be left for the veneers to bond properly.

Both dental crowns and porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth. They’re custom-made to fit your teeth, and tinted to blend in with the surrounding teeth. Porcelain veneers can repair many dental imperfections, from chips and gaps to misalignment to stains, discoloration, and other issues. However, that’s the extend of what they do: improve the aesthetics of your mouth.

Crowns, on the other hand, provide strength and support to your teeth. They can protect teeth from further damage, often decreasing the likelihood of extraction. Veneers can sometimes be useful in increasing function and providing protection, but their primary purpose is cosmetic. When a tooth is in a serious state of disrepair, a crown is often necessary to salvage the tooth. Both crowns and veneers are made to last for decades and can be used with other dental procedures to provide you with the best possible smile.

So which option is the right one for you? If the tooth you want to repair is severely cracked or worn, or has a large filling, a dental crown will be the best option. If you just want to improve the shape and color of your teeth, veneers may be for you.

If you’re looking for a reliable dentist, look to Glenwood Premier Dental, where we believe that a healthy, confident smile is an important part of a happy and healthy lifestyle. Our staff of caring professionals offers a wide range of dental services, working to exceed our patients’ expectations, and provide the best possible service. We offer dental exams and teeth cleanings, implant dentistry, Invisalign, laser dentistry, teeth whitening, veneers, and more, using state of the art technology in a comfortable and friendly environment. If you’re looking for dental care in Hazlet, contact us through our website or call 732.497.3265.