Could a dental crown be the solution for you?
To answer the above question, we first need to know what a tooth crown actually is. It can best be described as a tooth-shaped cover, made from metal or a porcelain-metal blend, which fits directly over a damaged or discoloured tooth. Its purpose is to act as a tooth in all the important ways; cosmetically and practically, it sits in for a real tooth.
Who is a suitable candidate for a dental crown?
People who might benefit from a tooth crown include anyone who fits into the groups below.
- Someone who wants to improve the appearance, shape or alignment of an existing tooth or teeth.
- Someone with teeth that are cracked, worn down, or otherwise weakened.
- Someone with severely discoloured teeth, or teeth that are in any way visibly damaged.
- Someone with weakened teeth that affect the strength of their bite.
Are dental crowns affordable and worth the money?
Dental crowns will cost different amounts depending on where you get them. An NHS fitting will cost you approximately £270 per tooth, but will involve a long waiting period and give you little or no choice in the kind of crown you get. For private treatment with a shorter turnaround and more choice in the finished product, you can expect that cost to rise somewhere closer to the £1000 mark by the time you leave the dentist’s surgery. Whatever you pay, you’ll also experience considerable physical discomfort as the crown settles in. This can go on for some time, so it’s hard to say it’s worth what you’ll pay.
What are the advantages of having a dental crown fitted?
The issues that arise with a tooth crown include, but are not limited to, the following:
Crowns are fragile, and can chip or even break entirely, necessitating prompt dental treatment and risking harm to the mouth.
They can only be placed where there is enough of the original tooth remaining, meaning they are not ideal for all people who would benefit.
Is there any alternative option to a dental crown?
An alternative which is gaining a lot of attention is arising in the shape of clip-on veneers, which have emerged in recent years as a more convenient, straightforward option.
What are clip-on veneers?
Clip-on veneers fit over the existing teeth in the user’s mouth and act as replacement teeth, giving a more natural smile and allowing the face to take a more natural shape. Unlike dental crowns, they do not need to be anchored in place with cement, and they can be supplied without the requirement for lengthy and costly dental appointments.
How do clip-on veneers work?
The process for getting clip-on veneers that will fit in your mouth takes up to three weeks, and is quite simple and straightforward. You will be sent a pair of dental trays and a supply of pliable putty. After lining the trays with putty to make a kind of mould, you need to bite down into the mould and keep your teeth in place for as long as is specified in the instructions.
After doing this, you send the moulds back to the supplier and attach photographs of your existing smile; from this, they will construct a set of veneers that will fit over your present teeth and restore your mouth to its former glory. They can be removed for eating and drinking purposes and then clipped back in as you wish. You may choose to keep them in, if you are eating food that is relatively soft, or drinking clearer liquids.
How much do clip-on veneers cost?
There are various suppliers with different pricing structures, and it is possible to pick up clip-on veneers for less than £100 – significantly less, in some cases. However, the price will more usually be towards the £500 mark or over, depending on the supplier. This is still cheaper than most dental crown treatments. It is recommended that you shop around for the best deal. Although the cheapest veneers are highly unlikely to be the ones for you, your best choice may not be to pick the most expensive. Take your own needs into account.
Are clip-on veneers worth it?
Whether a treatment is considered “worth it” is, of course, very much in the eye of the beholder. Only you can decide whether you are impressed enough to make your purchase worthwhile, but what we can say without a doubt is that clip-on veneers make a big difference to the wearer and are better value than the alternatives.
Are clip-on veneers better than dental crowns?
The decision on whether one product is better than another is a judgement issue which depends to some extent on priorities. However, on the basis of what you would be looking for in a dental crown, it is hard not to conclude that clip-on veneers meet those needs and more. They provide cover without placing the same pressure on your gums and teeth, they are cheaper than dental crowns, and they don’t require painful surgery to put into place. All in all, they are the obvious choice.