WHAT IS A VENEER?
Veneers are a thin covering that are attached to the front of the tooth to improve it's appearance. Veneers can be used to help hide or correct cosmetic damage, such as:
- stains and discoloration
- chips and small missing pieces
- gaps between the teeth
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VENEERS, CROWNS, AND IMPLANTS?
Dental veneers, crowns, and implants can all improve the cosmetic appearance of the teeth. However, there are differences between them.
One difference between veneers, crowns, and implants is the area of the tooth that each option covers.
Dental veneers mainly cover the front of a tooth. By contrast, crowns cover the entire tooth, including the front, back, and all the sides. As a result, dentists use crowns to repair broken teeth, including teeth that have little structure left. Crowns can also help strengthen the teeth they cover.
Implants, meanwhile, are bolt-like structures that attach to the jawbone to replace missing teeth.
When necessary, a dentist may use an implant to secure a crown in the mouth. This may be the case if a person is missing a tooth or a tooth is irreparable because it is too badly broken down and requires removal.
Essentially, dentists use crowns to build up teeth that are badly damaged, whereas implants replace missing teeth. Veneers improve the appearance of teeth that are mostly still intact.
HOW LONG DO VENEERS LAST?
On average, veneers tend to last for about 10 years, but they can last for even longer with the right maintenance. Many patients have veneers that still look great after 20 years. The longevity of veneers often comes down to how a patient takes care of them after they have been placed.