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What Are the Differences Between Crowns and Veneers?

redhead in the wind smilingWhen our smile needs a boost, either because of chips, more extensive damage like decay, discolouration, grinding, or a broken tooth, you may wonder what makes for a better option – getting a crown or several crowns, or investing in porcelain veneers.

As our highly skilled staff of Broadmeadow dentists will explain, it’s dependent on what has occurred to your tooth or teeth. Both can restore your smile to brilliance, but there are differences in how they help and what we look for them to achieve.

Crowns Are the Solution for Severe Damage

Crowns are used in cases where you may have a tooth that has experienced a lot of decay or it’s broken or severely damaged. Crowns are custom-crafted covers for teeth that have undergone a root canal and are ideal for teeth that are cracked, weakened teeth or teeth that have decayed to the point where a traditional filling is insufficient.

Crowns are constructed to be thicker than what a section of veneers are normally, and crowns cover the structure of the tooth or whatever is left over after repair work, like a root canal.

When It Makes Sense to Get Veneers

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells, and the ones we use at The Smile Factory are made of porcelain, right here in Australia. They are designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They can improve cosmetic issues like discolouration, uneven or misshapen teeth, chips, gaps, and misalignment.

Veneers are considered a permanent or long-term solution, as a thin layer of enamel is often removed from the tooth before veneer placement. This irreversible step helps the veneers adhere properly and creates a long-lasting bond.

Helping You Make the Best Choice for Your Smile

Veneers cover only the front surface of a tooth, while crowns encase the entire tooth. Veneers are used primarily for cosmetic improvements, while crowns are typically employed for structural or functional issues. Our staff will be able to guide you towards the proper decision for your smile.

Let Us Craft Your Beautiful Smile

If you have experienced serious tooth decay, have broken or cracked teeth, or simply want to improve the look of your smile because it’s discoloured or there are small chips here and there, we can help you. Our talented and highly skilled dentists will help you find the right fit and explain why either a crown or veneers would be the best option.

Make an appointment to visit our office today and take that first step towards a brighter, healthier smile!


*Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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