Anne

There's nothing wrong with dentist placing a mixture crowns and veneers on different teeth, assuming that each makes an appropriate choice for that tooth.

Here are some things to consider:

There can be times when there is a lot of grey area between what exactly is a crown vs. a veneer. So maybe your teeth won't be trimmed quite as extensively as you imagine.

If dental insurance is involved, it's probably to your benefit that the restorations are classified as crowns. (Porcelain veneers typically aren't covered.)

The cost for veneers and crowns is usually about the same, so there's no motivation for your dentist to recommend one over the other in that sense.

If you've just had front teeth for a while, they very likely may have experienced more wear and tear than you realize. A common location for this wear is the backside of the upper teeth, or the biting edges of the teeth (upper, lower, either, both). And for that reason the teeth really are best rebuilt with crowns. (This page shows examples of tooth wear.)

Or if there is wear, there may be areas where a tooth's enamel has been worn off entirely, therefore creating a situation where it's more difficult to predictably bond a veneer.

Or your dentist may feel that the level of force associated with your bite on the front teeth (like if you have a habit of teeth clenching or grinding) makes placing porcelain veneers a less predictable choice.

Quiz your dentist, no doubt they can explain. Good luck.

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