Veneers or Crowns: Which is Right for Me?

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Veneers or Crowns: Which is Right for Me?

Veneers or Crowns: Which is Right for Me?
When you have a chipped tooth, you want to get it taken care of as quickly as possible. The
good news is that there are few options for doing so. Veneers and crowns are two of the more
common options. So the question is, veneers or crowns; which is right for you? The answer
depends on several factors, such as the condition of your natural tooth, your dental history, and
your budget.

Veneers and crowns might seem similar, but they are actually different in many ways, from
application to price to durability. It’s important to make the right choice to avoid more dental
work down the road.

Veneers or Crowns: Which is Right for Me?
1st Family Dental’s team at any of our Chicagoland dental clinics can guide you through this
process when you visit us for a consultation, but the following information can help you begin to
consider the question of veneer vs. crown for a chipped tooth:

The Basics
Before we dive into what is better when it comes to veneers or crowns, let’s start by defining
what each option entails:
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are molded to fit your teeth. It then attaches to the
front of the tooth with the goal of improving its appearance. They can also be made of resin or
other composite materials.
Crowns are larger and cover most of the tooth. They are used to improve a tooth’s structure, as
well as its appearance. They are commonly used after procedures like root canals.
Both veneers and crowns are custom-made and matched with the rest of your teeth so that they
blend in as seamlessly as possible.
Veneers are typically used for small chips and other cosmetic issues that do not impact a
tooth’s structure. Crowns are most commonly used for more severe chips and breaks that can’t
be covered with a smaller veneer.
That said, there are several other factors that may influence a decision to go one route or the
other.

Veneer vs. Crown: Durability
One big question that comes to mind when considering crowns or veneers is durability. You want
to make sure that you are choosing a solution that will stand the test of time so you don’t find
yourself back in the dentist’s chair any more than you need to be.
Veneers typically last 7-15 years before they need to be replaced, while crowns usually last
10-15 years. Crowns are made of more durable material so they do tend to last a little longer.
However, veneers are a little easier to replace because they do not cover your entire tooth. A
crown is more permanent and more involved to replace whenever that time comes.
Veneers are also more subject to breaking because they are thinner and made of more delicate
porcelain. They are not recommended for people with habits like biting their nails, grinding their
teeth, or chewing on ice.

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