What's the Difference Between Dental Crowns and Veneers?

Both dental crowns and veneers can be used to restore the function and appearance of a tooth. And, because they seem to provide similar benefits, a lot of people tend to think that they are basically the same thing. 

But, that's not exactly true. 

While both crowns and veneers are restorative options, they serve different purposes and can only be used for specific treatments.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the difference between dental crowns and veneers. 

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are small caps used to cover the entire tooth. The dentist will have to shave off a good chunk of the natural tooth in order to fit the crown. 

That's why crowns are only used when the tooth has been severely affected by decay and a filling is not enough to protect it. They can also be used as part of the dental implant treatment to cover the abutment and restore oral functions. 

Crowns can be made out of different materials too, such as porcelain, porcelain fused to a metal alloy or an all-metal alloy. The crowns are custom-made to fit your teeth perfectly and they are very resistant. 

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin layers of resin or porcelain bonded to the exterior surface of the tooth. The dentist will also need to trim the natural tooth to fit the veneers, but the amount is much smaller than in the case of dental crowns. 

Veneers are used to fix and correct various cosmetic issues, such as discolored or stained teeth, cracks or uneven teeth. 

Dental veneers blend seemingly with the rest of your teeth, making it impossible for an untrained eye to notice them. 

Differences and Similarities Between Veneers and Crowns

Here's what to consider before choosing between veneers and crowns:

  • Both options can help restore your teeth. 
  • Depending on your oral health needs, one is more suited than the other. Veneers can help with cosmetic issues while crowns are more suited to restore a tooth affected by decay. 
  • A crown covers the entire tooth, while the veneers cover only the outer surface. 
  • Crowns are thicker compared to veneers. 
  • Crowns last longer than veneers. 
  • They both look very natural. 
  • They look very similar once the treatment is over. 
  • They don't require any special care. Brushing, flossing, and regular dentist visits are enough to keep them clean and healthy. 
  • A professional cleaning will help keep your veneers and crowns white for longer. 

Not Sure Which One Is Right for You? We Can Help! 

Do you need to restore a tooth, but aren't quite sure which treatment works for you? At Clermont Family Dentistry, we can help you find the best option for your needs. 

We will examine your oral health, present your options, and help you decide which one will benefit your oral health and offer lasting results. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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