Dental Crowns vs Porcelain Veneers

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February 11, 2022

Dental crowns and dental veneers are two of the most popular dental restoration procedures today. They are used very often in smile makeovers. If you're unhappy about your smile and want to improve it, dental crowns and porcelain veneers are an excellent way to achieve that goal. Dental crowns are used to cover teeth that have been damaged or have a lot of decay, while porcelain veneers are used to improve the appearance of crooked teeth or when there are gaps between teeth. There are a few key differences between crowns and veneers that you should know before deciding which dental treatment is right for you.

Dental Crowns vs Porcelain Veneers

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are caps that cover the entire tooth. Dental crowns are used to cover broken teeth, or teeth that have been damaged or have a lot of decay. There are many different types of dental crowns like porcelain crowns or metal crowns. Learn more about dental crowns here.

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I could not be any more fortunate and grateful for Dr. George Orfaly accepting me recently as a new patient! I switched over from my previous provider in a nearby community after receiving subpar care and at risk of losing two teeth. He and the entire team at Fisher & Orfaly Dental have made my transition a smooth and comfortable one, setting me at ease and swiftly on the path to a promising prognosis! I also know that both Dr. Orfaly and Dr. Fisher care a great deal about the community beyond the walls of their practice, too, both quite supportive of local nonprofit and charitable efforts. This all makes me feel wonderful about being a patient, one of the best decisions I've ever made. You and your family should consider switching to Fisher & Orfaly!

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What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of teeth to change their color, shape, or size. Chipped or cracked teeth can be cosmetically enhanced with veneers and discolored teeth or stained teeth can also be made whiter with a veneer. Veneers are also used to improve the appearance of teeth that are crooked or have gaps between them. Read about porcelain veneers in more detail here.

What Are The Pros & Cons Of Dental Crowns?

Here are a few pros and cons of dental crowns that you should know before deciding if this is the right procedure for you:

Pros:

  • Dental crowns are more durable than porcelain veneers and can last up to 10 years if proper care is taken.
  • Dental crowns can be used to cover teeth that have been damaged or have a lot of decay.
  • A dental crown can improve the appearance of your teeth.
  • Dental crowns encase the whole tooth, making it sturdier while veneers cover only the tooth surface.

Cons:

  • Dental crowns require more than one visit to the dentist.
  • Crowns are more expensive than veneers. The price of a crown depends on the type of material used to make the crown, the amount of preparation required, and the size of the tooth.
  • Not everyone is suitable for dental crowns. A dental crown is usually the best option if your tooth is severely damaged, has a large filling, or has undergone a root canal because the tooth enamel is compromised and needs better protection.

What Are The Pros & Cons Of Porcelain Veneers?

If you are wondering if getting porcelain veneers is the right treatment for you, here are a few pros and cons to help you make your decision:

Pros:

  • Porcelain veneers are very thin and can be customized to match the color of your teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers look and feel similar to natural teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers are more aesthetically-pleasing than dental crowns.
  • The cost of porcelain veneers is less than the cost of dental crowns.
  • Porcelain veneers are less invasive than crowns because they leave more of your original tooth and natural tooth structure intact.
  • Not everyone's bite is suitable for dental crowns, but porcelain veneers can be used on most people.

Cons:

  • Like dental crowns, porcelain veneers require more than one visit to the dentist.
  • Porcelain veneers are not as durable as dental crowns. Veneers are used mostly for cosmetic purposes, as opposed to crowns which are also used to restore the structure of the damaged teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers only cover the front of your teeth.
  • Some people are not good candidates for porcelain veneers. If you suffer from severe tooth decay, then a crown is a better option than a veneer.

When it comes to crowns vs veneers, there is no clear winner. There is no right answer when it comes to deciding which procedure is best for you; it's all about what you want out of your smile! It's important to consult with a dentist before making any decisions so they can help guide you through this process and make recommendations based on your needs.

At Fisher & Orfaly Dental, Salem, MA, trusted family dentist Dr. George Orfaly will carefully examine your teeth and recommend the most suitable treatment for you. He will also advise you on how to take care of your crown or veneer so that the results last longer. You can be sure that you will get a beautiful smile and restore the function of your teeth. Book an appointment with Fisher & Orfaly Dental, Salem, MA now!

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About the author

Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.

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