Dental Crowns vs. Veneers – What’s the Difference?

Diagram of veneers

When choosing cosmetic dentistry, the decision between certain procedures can seem quite daunting–are they that much different? For example, both dental veneers and crowns are used to help cover aesthetically displeasing teeth. But, is there really that much difference between the two options? 

Here are the main differences between dental crowns and veneers, as well as why you might choose one over the other! 

What Are Veneers?

Dental veneers are dental enhancements which are thin, shell-like, and attached to the surface of the tooth for aesthetic improvements. A veneer can be made from either porcelain or composite veneers, depending on your preference. You may wish to choose composite veneers as they are less invasive, not requiring the tooth below to be shaved, and means a less invasive procedure.

What Are Crowns? 

A dental crown is a cosmetic enhancement which encases the whole tooth; making it suitable in treating severely broken or decayed teeth, to hold dental bridges in place and to cover dental implants. This is typical dental restoration and uses dental cement to keep the crown in place. The crown can be matched to the same size, colour and shape of your other teeth. Meaning you won’t even be able to tell which tooth has the crown.

Choosing Between the Two

Often, when it comes to a choice between dental crowns and veneers it depends on the extent of the aesthetic change you want to achieve. A chipped tooth or small imperfection can feel like a big problem, but a veneer is perfectly designed to help resolve this. Whereas, more damaged or weakened teeth will require more extensive support from a crown instead. 

Veneers require less of your original tooth to be shaved away in comparison to crowns, as well as a thinner layer to cover the remaining parts of the tooth. For that reason, you may prefer a veneer as a less invasive choice (particularly when choosing composite veneers). 

In instances where the edge of the tooth is damaged- usually as a result of grinding–then a crown would be needed to improve the overall appearance as veneers only cover the front of the tooth. 

In both cases, whatever your ultimate choice, proper care and oral hygiene maintenance will be needed to maintain the improved aesthetics of your smile. 

If you’re unsure in any way, the Dental Solutions team are always happy to talk you through your options during your free initial consultation. Whether veneers, crowns or something else entirely, we can help develop a full treatment plan to suit your needs. 

Get in touch with our dedicated Reception team on 01925 756565 or book an appointment now. 


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