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The Difference Between Porcelain Crowns and Veneers

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If you’re hoping to invest in your smile, the sheer number of options can be a stumbling block. How do you choose? Which is the best long-term option? Which is most cost-effective? While our team can help you make the right decision based on all of your criteria, we can also provide some preliminary research to fuel our conversation.

Our cosmetic dentists use a combination of skill and artistry to create custom smiles. Our doctors are data-driven, using advanced technology to inform the decisions they make about your treatment; however, we always position you as the leader in your smile makeover. You should be the one directing your smile improvement, so we will empower you to make the right decisions with informative care.

 Porcelain Crowns Are Covered by Insurance, Veneers Are Not

You’re probably already aware that cosmetic dentistry is not covered by insurance in most cases. Porcelain veneers are considered cosmetic in nature, though they often offer health benefits such as reduced tooth sensitivity. On the other hand, dental crowns are medically necessary, so they should be covered by your insurance provider. Dental crowns are used to protect and rebuild damaged teeth that have suffered injury or severe decay, a justifiable expense for the insurance company.

Porcelain Crowns and Veneers Both Improve the Social Six

While crowns are therapeutic in nature, porcelain crowns aren’t as sturdy as crowns made from other materials. That’s why they’re most often reserved for front teeth, as they won’t be forced to withstand pressure from chewing and clenching. Porcelain crowns, or front teeth crowns, are tooth-colored and can be custom crafted to cosmetically improve your smile.

Veneers are also reserved for your front, most visible teeth. The six most visible teeth are referred to as the social six. While many choose to get veneers for eight or even ten visible teeth, six is the standard. The only requirement for getting veneers (besides payment) is healthy teeth and gums.

Porcelain Veneers Are More Expensive

While the price of your treatment will vary depending on the region and the dental office, veneers usually fall in the range of $1,000 to $4,000. While you can choose a single veneer for a problem tooth you’d like to improve, most people get a set of teeth done. This can mean that you’re paying upwards of $24,000 for a smile makeover on only your top, visible teeth.

A single porcelain crown can cost $800 to $3,000 per tooth. In this case, it’s quite uncommon to get multiple crowns at once. Your dentist would not place a crown if your tooth weren’t already damaged and decayed to the point that it needed additional support. Plus, you’d most likely have the support of your insurance company in paying for a dental crown.

Improve Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry at Lumi Family Dentistry in Sachse

Our expert dentists provide restorative and cosmetic treatment, so you can enjoy health-centered patient decisions that improve your smile and your quality of life. If you’re uncertain about the proper path to your best smile, schedule your appointment today. We’d be happy to discuss our services in more detail during your appointment. Call (469)777-4955 today or book online.

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