Veneers vs Crowns for a New Smile?
Q: Which is better for a new smile; crowns or veneers? One doctor wants to do crowns, one wanted to do veneers?
A: I have been whining about a $14,000 fee to replace a five year old a/c unit. I got a second opinion: Guess what? Got it fixed for $300! My entire duct system in my attic was fine; the installer two years ago who wanted the $14K, left a giant opening behind the air-handler, allowing air form my garage to enter the ductwork causing all the grief.
Moral of the story: if you have been to a big corporate business for an estimate; check out a smaller, solo business for a second opinion.
Veneers are always a first choice to change a smile, simply because:
- They are more conservative; meaning less tooth structure has to be reduced.
- They require less time in the chair.
- Your original bite is not changed much.
- Post-operative tooth sensitivity is less
- Less chance for need for root canal treatment down the road.
- Easy to repair if needed.
Crowns are needed if:
- Your teeth are so worn down, you need full coverage for strength.
- Your bite is so bad and “over-closed” with an overbite from hell warranting that we “open-the-bite”; allowing for taller teeth, requiring an entire arch be treated with crowns, not just the ten teeth that show in your smile.
- Your teeth are chock full of old fillings or have an existing crown.
- One or more of the teeth are implants.
- You natural teeth are super dark and cannot be masked out by a veneer which just covers the front of the tooth and often cannot block out dark grey, black or brown teeth.