If you are suffering from imperfections in your smile, there are several cosmetic options available to you for addressing these concerns. Veneers and crowns are usually considered the best options, but there are instances in which veneers are clearly the better option.
Veneers are always preferable to crowns because they require less preparation of the tooth. For placing veneers, it is necessary to shave about a half millimeter of your enamel away from the tooth. In order to place a crown, around two millimeters of your tooth will need to be removed on each side. That is why when given the option, it is usually better to choose veneers.
In some cases, though, the placement of a dental veneer may not be possible. If tooth decay has caused a significant amount of loss in your tooth structure, then a crown may be your only option. Likewise, if you have undergone root canal therapy, the placement of a crown will be the necessary procedure. Also, if you have to replace a crown that has been damaged, it can only be replaced with another crown. But if you have the necessary amount of too structure intact and are only trying to improve the shape and color of your teeth, then a dental veneer is definitely the better option.
If you are interested in finding out if veneers are right for you, contact our dental veneers dentist to set up a consultation.