- Veneers and dental caps have made what previously seemed the exclusive domain of actresses and models today available to anyone.
- A perfect smile can become the best business card.
- A broken tooth with stains or that has lost its natural whiteness is no longer a problem since there are different solutions to use on the tooth’s visible surface, for which you will also not need to spend as much as you think.
This article explains the differences between a veneer and a dental cover, when its placement is recommended, and its main differences.
What is a dental cap or crown?
Dental covers, also called crowns, protect and cover the entire tooth. Its objective is to improve the aesthetics and functionality of the teeth that require it. There are several options, which we explain below.
How many types of dental caps are there?
Classified according to the material they are made from, we find five dental caps or crowns classes.
metal dental caps
- They are very resistant but do not offer any aesthetics. They are used on teeth that are not too visible.
- They are like the previous ones, but they have a porcelain coating to improve aesthetics. In molars, they work very well, but there may be a small metal line just at the height of the gum.
- They offer very natural results but are less resistant than metal covers.
Zirconium dental caps
- They represent the best combination since they combine resistance and aesthetics. Zirconium is a very resistant material, making treatment more expensive.
dental composite caps
- They are the cheapest and are a good option as a temporary treatment, but another type of cover must replace them in the long term.
Of course, each of them has a different price, and here you will have to assess adjusting to your budget and asking yourself the following question: What is the most important thing for you when choosing covers?
How long does a dental cap or crown last?
Dental covers have an approximate duration of 15 years, being their life longer if proper maintenance is carried out. This will be influenced if oral hygiene is correct and frequent, avoiding friction and blows that generate wear, etc.
If the crown is cared for properly, its life could be extended to 20 years or even longer.
Dental veneers vs. dental caps: get the perfect smile
How are veneers put on teeth?
Dental veneers are small sheets that, unlike the covers covering the entire tooth, are placed only on the outermost part of the teeth using a special resin.
They are something like a nice front sticker that improves the image of the smile and can be placed on both upper and lower teeth.
Others will see our veneers and not our original teeth when we smile.
As a general rule, the placement of veneers is usually combined with dental caps for posterior pieces (molars and premolars) since, by covering the entire tooth, they guarantee greater robustness. We obtain an optimal aesthetic result in the front part of our smile and an optimal functional result in our premolars and molars.
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Types of dental veneers
As was the case with dental caps, it is the materials of the veneers that serve to classify them. Thus, we can talk about composite veneers and porcelain veneers.
- Cheaper and of poorer quality than porcelain veneers, composite veneers can crack and even lose their color over time. In addition, they require regular visits to the dentist for proper maintenance.
- Being placed directly on the tooth, applying composite layers, this type of veneer can be quickly set and easy to repair.
Porcelain veneers, how long do they last?
- They are more expensive, but, in return, their results are much more spectacular in both aesthetics and duration. Their brightness and color are much more natural than composite veneers, and they also require fewer regular visits to the dentist for maintenance.
- Its high predictability and success rate, which reaches 99% at five years and 97% at 15, make porcelain veneers the most recommended option.