Dental caps and veneer are two options that you can choose with our dentist in Newmarket to repair teeth and improve appearances. Knowing the differences between the two is important to ensure you choose the best.
Type of Damage
Dental caps repair significant damage, including severe decay, cracks caused by fillings, and worn-down teeth due to grinding and aging. They are also common after a root canal.
Conversely, veneers are a better option for teeth with minor damage, such as discolouration, cracks in the enamel, and visible cavities. They are also suitable for short or unattractive teeth and small gaps between them.
Veneers near you are always made from porcelain in a shade that matches the rest of your teeth. Caps, however, can be made from a variety of materials. Front teeth are made from porcelain, but back teeth can be made from gold (for extra strength) or porcelain fused to metal (for a combination of strength and a realistic appearance).
On average, a dental cap lasts between five and 15 years, but it can even have a longer lifespan. It depends on the factors like the material of the cap, where the cap is in your mouth, and how good is your oral care. Veneers last around 10 years. Although neither is prone to damage, a veneer can chip if you grind your teeth.
Whether you choose a dental cap or a veneer, you will most likely need to visit your dentist twice. At the first appointment, the dentist will remove some teeth to prepare them for treatment. They will then take an impression and provide you with a temporary restoration. On the second visit, you will receive your permanent cap or veneer.