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Veneers vs Crowns vs Implants: Everything You Need to Know!

Various modern dentistry procedures can help improve the appearance of your smile and overall look. Dental crowns and veneers are also restoration procedures that help improve the look and function of your teeth.

On the other hand, dental implants strengthen your teeth and make drinking, eating or talking more comfortable. 

Dental procedures are costly, so it is essential to understand which suits you the best. This article discusses everything you should know about veneers, crowns or dental implants. 

Veneers vs Crowns front teeth

Veneers and crowns can be confusing because both are restorative techniques to fix teeth-related problems. 


A crown is a cap on top of an existing tooth and surrounds all its surfaces. This is done to cover the tooth, restore its shape, size, and strength and improve its appearance. 

Crowns are usually used for major tooth damage. They are primarily used when a large portion of the tooth is missing or broken down because of developmental defects or decay. 

Crowns can also be used to protect a weak tooth from breaking.  


Dental veneers are made of porcelain or resin composite materials; the thin and tooth-like shells are designed to cover the tooth’s front surface. 

Veneers are best for milder tooth repairs. They are mainly used to improve the appearance of the smile; to correct issues such as discolouration, gaps, cracks or minor misalignments. 

Veneers are not used to fix major issues like broken teeth or severe tooth decay. 

Crowns on front teeth before and after

If you have an uneven, dark and unaesthetic smile with failing crowns, a combination of implants, crowns and veneers can provide you with a more aesthetic and natural smile. 

Here is an example of a combination of implants, crowns, and veneers:

Veneers vs Crowns vs Implants Before and After                                                                                                      

Are implants better than Veneers? 

Implants or veneers: each of them plays a unique role. Hence, it is difficult to say whether implants are better or veneers. 

For instance, suppose your teeth are structurally sound but are affected by cosmetic concerns; then they are not required to be removed to place an implant. It would be better if a veneer is bonded to the front of the respective tooth, enhancing the outward appearance. 

Without aggressive structural damage or periodontal disease, veneers provide the best cosmetic results for people with surface issues such as mild overlapping, deep stain or small gaps between teeth. 

On the other hand, veneers cannot replace your missing teeth. You only have a few options without bone structure to bond veneers. 

Dental implants are one of the best smile restoration choices for missing teeth. They are permanent as well as non-invasive to their neighbours. 

Crowns for tooth implant 

A dental implant is a titanium post inserted surgically into a person’s jawbone to replace lost tooth roots. Often, people who opt for dental implants prefer implant crowns. 

A dental implant replaces the tooth, and the crown is attached to the dental implant. These crowns are either cemented in place or screwed in. Screws allow implant crowns to dental implants. 

These screw-retained implant crowns are widely accepted because the crowns can be maintained easily. They also allow easy removal or repair, or replacement of the components of the implant – without damaging the restoration or implants. 

How long do they last?: Veneers, Crowns and Dental Implants

Veneers can last between 10 to 30 years with reasonable precautions. You can eat everything. However, it is crucial to exercise reasonable precautions as dental veneers are not indestructible. Refrain from opening a bottle cap with your teeth, chewing ice, or biting your nails, as it may crack the veneer. 

On the other hand, while successful dental implants can last a lifetime, usually, the crowns do not. Crowns may require repair or replacement periodically. The average life span of crowns is between 6 to 14 years. 

Regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene enhance the lifespan of your veneers, crowns or dental implants and help maintain the rest of your teeth. 

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