10 Questions to help you decide between placing veneers or crowns:
Now that you’ve read the advantages and disadvantages of veneers and crowns, it’s time to decide between the two. Here is a list of questions to help you decide between placing veneers or crowns on your front teeth. Please answer each question with either a “yes” or “no“:
- Are your concerns primarily cosmetic based?
- Do you want to improve the color of your teeth?
- Do you want to make your front teeth look more beautiful and perfect-looking?
- Is your plan to close small gaps in between front teeth or straighten slightly crooked teeth?
- You don’t have lots of large fillings, root canals or crowns on your front teeth?
- You’re not a heavy tooth grinder?
- You don’t have a poor bite?
- There aren’t already plenty of crowns on most of your teeth?
- Are you between 18 to 50 years of age?
- You plan on maintaining superior oral hygiene and routine dental cleanings after your work has been completed?
Good candidate for placing veneers
If you answered “yes” to most of the above questions then you probably should go with veneers.
Questions 1 through 4: Good candidate for veneers
If your goal is to improve looks of your teeth, then veneers are typically the better route to go. Veneers can improve the shape, color and form of your teeth and overall smile. You can also close minor gaps and straighten your teeth by placing veneers on a group of your front teeth.
Veneers are a better option if you have want to repair slightly chipped or cracked front teeth. If your teeth have lost their shine and luster due to aging, then veneers are a better option for you. Should you have slightly crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth that you want to close, then veneers are also the best overall treatment option.
Questions 5 through 8: Contraindications to receiving veneers
If you want to improve the looks of your front teeth, veneers should be your default option. Unless of course there are reasons where veneers won’t work as well. Veneers are thin and fragile and can break or fall off the teeth. There are certain occasions where crowns give you better results than veneers would.
One example where crowns are preferred is when you have lots of existing dental work. If you have root canals, crowns and large fillings on your front teeth, veneers won’t be strong enough to protect your teeth. Also, if you grind your teeth heavily, then crowns last longer and are the better option. If you have bite issues, such as your front teeth hitting too much on each other, then placing crowns is probably the better route to go as well.
Question 9: Age
When you’re younger, veneers give you much better results in most cases. Sine veneers are more conservative, they don’t damage your teeth as much which is important in your youth. However, as you age crowns gradually end up becoming a better option for most people. Crowns provide a better seal, more strength and more durability. They protect your teeth better in old age. Plus, if you already have lots of existing dental work then veneers are no longer an option anyways.
Question 10: Caring for veneers
We already mentioned that veneers don’t cover the inside portions of your teeth. This means that you need to brush and clean them well and ideally, receive a dental cleaning every few months. If you see yourself disappearing from your dentist office for a long time, then chances of having to redo your veneers is quite high. As such, you are probably better off receiving crowns over veneers if you have questionable oral hygiene. Of course keep in mind that if you really can’t care for your teeth then you probably shouldn’t be getting any cosmetic dental treatment whatsoever.
Good candidate for placing crowns
If you answered “no” to most of the above questions then you probably are better off with crowns instead of veneers.
Final thought on choosing between veneers or crowns
Dentists typically prefer veneers over crowns because porcelain veneers spare more of your own tooth structure. Note that dentists charge nearly the same for porcelain veneers as they do for top of the line crowns. So this is not a question of what’s more affordable, but rather what’s best for your teeth.
Both veneers or crowns can fix your teeth and result in an equally impressive smile. However veneers usually edge out simply because they are the more conservative treatment. If your teeth are not a good candidate for veneers then you should consider crowns instead.
Who should I go to for receiving porcelain veneers?
If you’re planning on receiving multiple veneers then make sure you are working with an experienced and established cosmetic dentist or prosthodontist. Ideally you want a dentist who has had lots of experience performing veneers and cosmetic dental treatment. There are many factors that come into play when choosing size, color, shape and angels of your new veneers. Only an experienced and skillful dentist can visualize and address you problems to give you excellent results.
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