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Veneers vs. Crowns - Understanding The Difference

The main difference when considering veneers vs. crowns is what they are used for.  Veneers are cosmetic and crowns are both cosmetic and structural. Both go over your teeth to help with a range of issues. 

It's important to know the difference and to be educated about what is right for you. You should always be informed about dental procedures before getting them. 

Traditional Veneers

What Are Traditional Veneers?

Traditional veneers are done in a dentist office and are a thin shell that goes on the front of a patient's teeth. They are made from either porcelain or a composite resin and are applied for minor issues with front teeth. 

How Much Enamel Is Removed?

Before applying, the dentist will remove about .5 mm of enamel from the teeth. This makes the procedure irreversible and must be replaced when the veneers eventually chip or break. 

How Long Do They Last?

Traditional veneers last around 5-7 years with composite resin and 5-10 years when done with porcelain. 

How Much Do They Cost?

Cost for these veneers vary depending on the dentist, but typically the cheapest you can find are around $1,000 per tooth. Veneers are considered cosmetic so dental insurance typically does not cover their cost. 

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To summarize the concept of veneers vs. crowns:

Enamel Removal: Traditional veneers do not require as much enamel-removal as crowns do.

Longevity: Traditional veneers do not last as long as crowns do, though they cost just as much, on average.

Press-On Veneers

What Are Press-On Veneers?

Press-on veneers cover the full arch rather than individual teeth. You can purchase them directly from our lab. They not only go over the top of existing teeth, but they can also cover gaps

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How Much Enamel Is Removed?

This process is unique in that it is reversible since enamel removal is not necessary. This is a great option for people who are opposed to having portions of their teeth shaved away. 

How Long Do They Last?

These veneers can last up to five years or longer if they are properly maintained and used with care. 

How Much Do They Cost?

Press-on veneers can vary in cost but high-quality ones cost around $800 for a full arch which is much more affordable than traditional veneers. 

Crowns

What Are Crowns?

Dental crowns are similar to traditional veneers in the sense that they cover individual teeth. Crowns however are much thicker and go around the entire tooth. Dentists apply crowns when there is tooth decay or when a patient has had a root canal. 

How Much Enamel Is Removed?

A dentist will remove up to 75% of tooth enamel before adding a crown. 

How Long Do They Last?

Crowns last longer since they are stronger and thicker. You can expect to get around 15 years of use before getting them replaced. 

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How Much Do They Cost?

Crowns cost at least $1,000 per tooth, but can be much more depending on the dentist. Some crowns are partially covered by dental insurance.

To summarize the concept of veneers vs. crowns:

Enamel Removal: Crowns require much more enamel-removal than traditional veneers do.

Longevity: Crowns last longer than traditional veneers.

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