What is the Difference Between Crowns and Veneers?

Both crowns and veneers can help restore teeth that have been damaged or that have significant flaws. In the past, crowns were more typically used to help improve the appearance and function of these teeth. Now, there are two options available, and veneers have become the more popular option.

What is the Difference Between Crowns and Veneers?

  • Crowns - crowns are essentially caps that fit over teeth. Today, porcelain (ceramic) crowns have become the more popular option. But there are also gold alloy crowns that can be used. The gold or silver color of these crowns is why makes the porcelain option the preferred choice of many patients.
  • Veneers - veneers do not cover the entire tooth, instead, they are bonded to the front and side surfaces.  In most cases, these are custom-made to look like an individual's natural teeth.

Can Patients Always Choose Between Veneers and Crowns?

Veneers may be the preferred option of many cosmetic dentists (and often, patients), but there are circumstances where the choice is not about preference. In order to bond a veneer to the tooth, there must be a significant healthy portion of the tooth present. This is why veneers are often selected when the goal is simply to improve the aesthetics of the smile. They can help to restore teeth with decay, teeth that have been fractured, and teeth that are brittle. The benefit of veneers is that very little of the tooth enamel must be removed in order to apply a veneer.

Crowns can be applied over teeth that are much more heavily damaged, but they also require more removal of the structure of the tooth. A cosmetic dentist can evaluate which is the better option for any patient's situation.

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Category: Crowns & Bridges, Porcelain Veneers

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