Whether you are using crowns or veneers and regardless of their limitations, the truth of the matter is that no one should notice them, the only should notice how amazing you look and that’s it.
Before we dive into what Crowns and Veneers can’t do, let’s get a few things straight first.
Two Sides of the Same Coin
They are both used in the fabrication of Dental Porcelains in order to create natural looking replicas of teeth, and there is pretty much where the similarities end. Because depending on the situation a dentist may recommend one method over the other. They take a lot of factors into consideration for choosing one over the other when dealing with your restoration.
Veneers are made of layer after layer of thin ceramic which replaces a tooth enamel, think of them like contact lenses for your teeth. They adhere to whatever remains of the tooth and do their magic restoring the natural form of the tooth. Porcelain veneers are the perfect choice to deal with aesthetic imperfections like poor coloring, fracture teeth, tooth position and any other minor bite related issues. Dentists also recommended to deal with stains which won’t go away even after a whitening.
Crowns are meant to replace the entire external frame of the tooth all the way to the gums. Crowning a tooth is done in order to restore the natural form and function. Whether is a consequence of tooth decay or any form of trauma, it is the crown’s purpose to replace large portions of tooth structure.
Much like Veneers, Crowns are also good at dealing with stuff like teeth coloring and shape, in some cases, they do a better job than Veneers. One of the differences that stands out between one and the other is linked to the amount of tooth structure that will need to be replaced.
Yet another similarity between the two is the way they are inserted or cemented. The dentist uses a light-sensitive resin to place them and then use an ultraviolet light source to harden it.
Dentists will discuss both treatments extensively with you before making any decision. Some cases require a veneer to be made thicker than normal so it can cover a larger part of the tooth so it can be aligned with the rest of the tooth, the same situation applied in cases where there is a massive discoloration of the tooth.
What they Can and Can’t-Do
- Closing gaps between front teeth
- Improving tooth position through slight rotations
- Improving Tooth Coloring
- Improving Tooth Shape
- Repairing broken teeth
- Repairing Teeth affected by Bruxism
- Straightening Teeth which requires braces
- Improving critical “Bite Problems”
- Improving severe profile problems
As amazing these techniques are along with all the technological advancements they have had over the years they are still pretty limited. Mostly due to misinformation and forcing our dentists to use one or the other for situations in which either of them are recommended. For example effectively correcting poor tooth positioning, poor bite or profile issues. Sure, they have been proven to correct some very minor positioning problems, but that depends on each individual case. In some situations, some form of orthodontics are needed to move the teeth into position and then Crowns or Veneers will be placed.
They are excellent replacements for damaged teeth, they make us look great by fixing our smile and overall teeth structure. But they aren’t real teeth, so you have to be careful and take extra good care, make regular appointments with your dentist, a proper care will make any of them last up to 20 years. Just remember they aren’t miracle workers, they do have certain limitations as the ones described above.
They can’t be left unchecked, just like regular teeth, Veneers and Crowns are affected by the poor dental health. Situations that can affect crowns and veneers are:
- Gums related disease: Gingivitis, Periodontitis, Red Gums, Bleeding Gums, and Swollen Gums.
- Veneers and Crowns can still get chipped or cracked.
- Whitening of your “Regular” teeth is usually recommended in order to match the color of Crowns or Veneers.
- They can be affected by the stain teeth underneath causing them to darken over time.
- In the event of falling off due to an illness, they can still be replaced.