Dental Crowns Vs. Porcelain Veneers


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Hi, I’m dr. Wong from Hidden Valley Smiles and I want to talk a little bit about dental crowns and veneers today because a lot of people don’t know the difference between them.

Regarding the crown, it wraps all the way around the tooth, that is the tooth is typically filed down all the way around to fit a cap or a crown on it. Crowns work out very well because they have strong retention that remains in place even if you have a strong heavy bite usually the crowns are strong enough to withstand that and they can if well-done match your teeth very well and they look good too.

On the other hand, veneers are different because when veneers are made only the outside of the tooth is shaved out, so you don’t have to remove as much tooth structure, and then a thin porcelain veneer is cemented to the outside of the tooth so the appearance is enhanced greatly. However, if you have a strong bite or if there’s a lot of decay around the tooth or a lot of fillings in the tooth, veneers may not be appropriate for those teeth.

As far as cost is concerned it can vary. They can run anywhere from $900 or $800 to $2,500 for crowns or veneers. As far as age is concerned, the important is that the teeth should be fully developed and fully formed, so typically 16 to 18 years old would be the minimum age usually.

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