Veneers vs. Crowns: What’s the Difference and Which One Is Right for You

What’s the difference between crowns and veneers?

Crowns are plastic or metal pieces which cover up any imperfections of your teeth. They may look pretty but they do not give you the same protection as a natural tooth structure. A crown will only last for two years at most before it needs replacing. If you have lost some of your teeth then you might want to consider getting a new set of crowns because they are expensive!

Veneers are made from real human hair. These pieces of natural material offer better protection than crowns and they last much longer.

However, they still need to be replaced every six months (or sooner if you lose some). There are many different types of veneers available and each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, there are those that come with dentures which provide excellent protection while others require regular cleaning and polishing to maintain their appearance.

The main advantage of veneers over crowns is that they tend to be cheaper. Most dental offices will charge around $20-$30 per crown whereas a pair of veneers costs around $10-$15.

If you are looking for something that offers better protection than crowns but less maintenance then you would want to go for a veneer. However, if you just want something cheap and easy to replace then a crown is probably the way to go.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a dental appliance that connects two crowns to fill any gaps caused by missing teeth. They can also support dentures, which people without enough teeth find useful. A bridge may look like a permanent fixture but it requires maintenance just like any other tooth replacement tool.

The temporary bridge is one of the most affordable options on the market. It is designed to be a quick and easy solution to replace a single tooth.

These are held in place by the surrounding teeth so they don’t require any extra effort in terms of maintenance.

The fixed bridge is probably the most popular option for patients. It looks and feels just like a real tooth but this option requires includes a small implant on either side for it to be held in place.

The cost of a bridge depends on how many teeth you want replaced and whether or not it has an implant. It is better to shop around for a bridge because not all of them are the same.

Each one will have different pros and cons so it is up to you to decide which one is right for you.

How much do they cost?

The cost of a dental bridge depends on where you are getting it done as well as the materials used. The average cost for a single tooth bridge is $400.

If you are looking to save money then you should shop around for the best deal. Not all bridges are the same so you will have to pay more for better quality.

If you can’t find anything suitable within your price range then you could always look into getting an implant, however these can get very expensive!

How do I take care of it?

Just like any other tooth, you will need to brush your bridge twice a day and floss at least once.

Many people find that using an electric toothbrush makes caring for their bridge a whole lot easier. There are also special brushes available which have been designed for people who wear bridges.

Using one of these will ensure that you are reaching all the nooks and crannies which regular brushes can’t get to.

It is particularly important to clean around and under your bridge because food and bacteria can get stuck in these areas. This can lead to dental problems in the future so it is a good idea to give the area an extra clean with some floss or an interdental brush a couple of times each week

Summary

A dental bridge can provide a cheap and effective solution if you are missing one or more teeth. They are not as well looked after as implants but they can last for many years if you look after them and have them checked every six months.

Check out the reviews on the website for different dental bridges and get in touch with your dentist to find the best one for you!

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