What Is a Veneer?
Dental veneers, also known as porcelain veneers, are wafer-thin shells of tooth-colored materials that are custom-made to cover the front surface of your teeth. This is done to make you look better.
The shells are bonded to the front of your teeth and can alter their color, shape, size, or length.
Consider the various types of dental veneers, which can be made of porcelain or resin composite materials. These are known as porcelain veneers or composite veneers.
Veneers can be used to fix teeth that are discolored from:
- Root canal treatment
- Stains from tetracycline or other drugs
- Excessive fluoride
Veneers can also be used to repair teeth that are chipped, broken, misaligned, or have gaps between them.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Composite Veneers
Composite veneers are the most cost-effective option in the long run. Of course, the cost of veneers varies depending on where you live and the experience of your dentist.
A dental veneer typically requires three visits to the dentist: one for a consultation and two for fabrication and application. Your dentist will need to examine your teeth to determine if dental veneers are right for you and will go over the entire procedure with you.
The tooth surface will need to be reshaped to prepare it for a veneer. Your dentist will then create a model or impression of your tooth. The model is then sent to a laboratory for testing. Temporary dental veneers can be used in the meantime.
Your dentist will examine the fit and color of the veneer on your tooth. They will remove the veneer and trim it to ensure a proper fit before permanently cementing it to your tooth. The shade of cement used can be used to change the color of the veneer.
The tooth will then be cleaned, polished, and etched to prepare it for the veneer. Etching roughens the tooth so that a strong bonding process can take place. The veneer is adhered to your tooth with a special cement.
After the veneer has been properly positioned, your dentist will use a special light beam to activate chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden quickly.
The last steps are to remove any excess cement, check your bite, and make any necessary adjustments. Your dentist may ask you to return in a few weeks to check your gums and the placement of the veneer.
There are multiple advantages when considering veneers.
- They provide a very natural appearance similar to teeth.
- Gums tolerate porcelain well.
- Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant.
- Color may be selected to make dark teeth appear whiter.
While veneers have their advantages, there are some risks to consider.
- Once completed, the process can’t be undone.
- Since enamel has been removed, your tooth may become more sensitive to hot or cold food and drinks.
- Veneers may not exactly match the color of your teeth.
- The color of the veneer can’t be altered once it’s placed.
- While unlikely, veneers can dislodge or fall off.
- You can still experience decay, even with veneers.
- Veneers aren’t a good option for people with dental problems, such as gum disease or decay.
- People who clench or grind their teeth aren’t good candidates for veneers since this can cause the veneers to crack or chip.
What Is a Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is affixed to the entire tooth. This is done to cover the tooth while restoring its shape, size, strength, and appearance.
Crowns fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line when cemented into place.
When there isn’t much tooth left, a dental crown can be used to protect a weak tooth from breaking and to cover and support a tooth with a large filling. Crowns can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place, cover a dental implant, or conceal misshapen or discolored teeth.
To prepare a tooth for a crown, you’ll usually need to visit the dentist twice. On the first visit, your dentist may take X-rays to examine the roots of the tooth receiving the crown as well as the surrounding bone. If your tooth has extensive decay or there is a risk of infection or injury to the pulp, a root canal treatment may be required first.
Before beginning the crown-making process, your dentist will anesthetize (numb) the tooth and the gum tissue surrounding the tooth. To make room for the crown, the tooth receiving the crown is reshaped along the chewing surface and sides. How much of your tooth is reshaped or removed depends on the type of crown used.
If a large area of your tooth is missing, your dentist will use filling material to “build up” the tooth to support the crown.
Your dentist will use a paste or putty to make an impression of your tooth to receive the crown after it has been reshaped. Digital scanners are sometimes used to make impressions. To ensure that the dental crown does not affect your bite, your dentist will also take impressions of the teeth above and below the one receiving the crown.
The impressions or scans are sent to a dental laboratory, where the crown is created. This procedure can take two to three weeks to complete. If the crown is made of porcelain, your dentist will also choose the shade that best matches the neighboring teeth.
During the first visit, your dentist will make a temporary crown to cover and protect the prepared tooth while the crown is being made.
Your dentist will remove the temporary crown and inspect the fit and color of the permanent crown during the second visit. If everything is in order, the tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic before the new crown is permanently cemented in place.
Dental crowns provide solutions to a number of dental problems, including:
- Supporting a tooth that has been significantly damaged by decay
- Covering a dental implant
- Holding a severely cracked or broken tooth together
- Improving the appearance of a tooth by changing its shape or color
Crowns are long-lasting and can hold up for five to 15 years, depending on maintenance.
There are risks and complications to be considered when getting a dental crown, including:
- After receiving a crown, your teeth may be sensitive to heat or cold.
- Certain types of crowns, specifically porcelain crowns, can be more vulnerable to chipping.
- If there isn’t enough cement keeping it in place, a crown can get loose or even fall out.
- While uncommon, some people may experience an allergic reaction to the metal used in some crowns.
- If the gums around your crown get sore, irritated, or start bleeding, you could be developing gingivitis or gum disease.
What is the difference between veneers and crowns?
The way they fit your tooth and the necessity for them are significant differences between veneers and crowns.
- A porcelain veneer just clings to the front of the tooth, but a dental crown repairs the complete tooth.
- Veneers have less gum lines than crowns, so they look better.
- Crowns are thicker than veneers—two millimeters vs one millimeter—and more durable.
- While crowns can endure for the rest of your life, veneers may need to be replaced after a certain number of years.
When considering veneers or crowns, it’s important to keep in mind the costs for each procedure. You can see detail BeDental’s price list at here
Veneers’ cost varies depending on your requirements and goals. Porcelain veneer prices typically range from 1.000.000 VND to 5.000.000 VND per veneer. With regular dental care, they may last up to 20 years, making them an excellent investment.
Generally, crowns can range from 7.000.000 VND to 16.000.000 VND per crown. Once again, the cost of veneers can vary depending on where you live and your dentist’s experience.
In addition, at BeDental clinic, you can receive a warranty valued from 7 years to permanent, depending on which type of veneers. In particular, for Porcelain Veneer Venus from Germany you have an authentic 7-year warranty. Besides, you are free to choose your installment plan through credit cards from various banks such as Vietcombank, Sacombank, VPBank, HSBC,… The installment process is quick and very simple.
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