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Crowns vs. Veneers: What's the Difference?

January 28, 2022
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Posted By: Healthy Living Dentistry
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Are you unhappy with the appearance or strength of your teeth? Perhaps it’s time to consider your options, such as dental crowns or veneers at Healthy Living Dentistry. Our dentist office provides patients of all ages near Lake Forest with custom-made, realistic, and highly durable restorations for a healthier, more attractive smile.  

Many patients wonder about crowns vs. veneers pros and cons, but it's not that simple since they each have their own unique purposes. The pros and cons of each restoration also depend on the patient and what they expect and need for their smile.  

Veneers Fix Mild Cosmetic Flaws 

A veneer is an ultra-thin covering or shell of material your dentist adheres to the front surface of a natural tooth. Your dentist color-matches the veneer to your natural teeth, providing a seamlessly beautiful smile. Countless Hollywood stars can attribute their perfect smiles to veneers. 

Veneers are preferable when you want to address minor aesthetic flaws in your smile: 

  • Conceal mild misalignments or gaps in teeth 
  • Cover cracks, fractures, and chips 
  • Camouflage stains and discoloration
  • Perfect or improve the shape, size, color, and length of teeth

Veneers are strong, resistant to stains, and can improve the overall appearance of your smile.

Crowns Protect Natural Teeth 

A crown encases the entirety of a natural tooth, providing additional strength and stability. A crown can improve the tooth’s size, shape, or shade while preserving the natural tooth underneath it. To place a crown, your dentist must shape the natural tooth and cement the crown in place. 

A crown can:

  • Cover a broken, decayed, or damaged tooth 
  • Stabilize a tooth that’s undergone root canal treatment 
  • Cap a dental crown 
  • Anchor a dental bridge 
  • Conceal deep discoloration of a tooth 

Crowns help improve the strength and function of teeth and prevents further damage that could lead to tooth loss or extraction.

Do You Need Custom Crowns or Veneers in Lake Forest, CA?

The only way to determine whether a crown or veneer is the best option for your smile is to visit your dentist, Dr. Roy Kim, DDS, for an evaluation. We’ll complete an exam during your appointment, discuss your dental needs and goals, and review your oral health history. Our team can then provide you with a completely individualized treatment plan to care for your unique smile. 

Contact Healthy Living Dentistry today at (949) 830-2003 to learn more about the pros of a tooth crown vs. veneers for your smile and how we can improve your smile with high-quality restorative dentistry.

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