Crowns or Veneers?

I am 66 yeas old and my front teeth have crowded leaving one pushed back, the other riding over it and crooked. Would crowns be better than veneers?

Doctor Answers 3


CROOKED?? the more crooked the teeth, the more tooth structure needs to be removed most often. The only way to answer what is most effective, is by communicating with the laboratory and seeing the teeth thru a diagnostic wax up and PHOTOS. a PICTURE tells a thousand words too.....

White Plains Dentist

Crowns or Veneers

Veneers are the more conservative option, but they require adequate amounts of enamel to bond to. Your question cannot be answered without seeing photos and models of your "bite".

Jay Neuhaus, DDS
New York Dentist

Crowns or Veneers?

One advantage of crowns or veneers is that they can be done in a way to take a crooked alignment and make it appear straight.

In general, the least involved treatment is the preferred solution. When you have crowded lower front teeth as you described, then a cosmetic dentist would make an impression, have their aesthetic lab make a wax simulation and then can tell you if the answer is crowns or porcelain veneers. More than likely the answer is a combination of both.

Lower front teeth are the smallest in your mouth. Crowns require more trimming of the tooth, and that can be an issue. Veneers generally require less trimming and for that reason would be preferred.

The best results in these cases come when the cosmetic dentist does a lot of pre-planning. When done with finesse, the results look great and the teeth get the least amount of dental work necessary.

Sometimes if the misalignment is substantial,you may even require a root canal because of the extensive re-shaping. Most of the time this is known in advance (when done with a great plan). 

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.