It’s a question we hear often: veneers vs. crowns. Which is better? In an effort to help you make that choice, it’s best to understand the difference between a crown and veneers. Then, of course, consult with your dentist. But first, how do you decide between veneers and crowns?

Veneers vs. Crowns

Porcelain Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are attached to the front of the tooth. Porcelain crowns are caps designed to fit over damaged teeth.

Porcelain Crowns also cover the existing tooth. They are made to match the shape, size, and color or your existing teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

Both crowns and veneers have definite similarities. Both can improve the look of your smile, and both can last a decade or more with proper care. Both also require the dentist to grind down the surface of the tooth being treated. This prep makes room for the additional material. It also helps to create a strong, permanent bond between the tooth and the veneer or crown.

What are the Differences Between Veneers vs. Crowns?

Veneers and crowns also have distinct differences. It’s these differences that often determine which treatment is better for your needs:

  • Shape: Veneers are thin shells that cover only the front of a tooth. Crowns are three-dimensional restorations that are strikingly similar in size and shape to the tooth that they’re intended to cover.
  • Purpose: Veneers are purely cosmetic. When used to cover teeth that are stained, chipped, oddly shaped or crooked, they can produce a brighter, attractive smile. Crowns are both cosmetic and restorative. In addition to improving your smile, a crown can restore function and strength to a damaged tooth.
  • Timing: Getting dental veneers generally requires a few visits to your dentist. During the first, the teeth are prepped. Then, an impression is made and a tooth color is selected. That information is sent off to a professional dental lab. The lab crafts the veneers and sends them to your dentist. On your next visit, the veneers are attached and checked. How does this differ from getting a crown? That depends on the type of crown. Some dentists rely on dental labs for crowns, so they use a similar, multi-visit process. Others offer CEREC crowns. Crafted with advanced, computer-aided technology right in the dentist’s office, these one-day crowns offer a quick, effective repair in just one visit.
  • Cost: The cost of veneers and crowns varies depending on the extent and complexity of the treatment. However, insurers often refuse to cover veneers because they’re considered purely cosmetic. Crowns are a different story. Since a crown is a type of restoration, insurance will often pay for at least part of having one placed.

Which Is Best: Getting a crown or veneers?

When it comes to porcelain crowns vs veneers, there’s no clear winner. Both treatments can be effective, long-lasting solutions for dental dilemmas. Ultimately, the best option is the one that suits your unique situation.

Additional Reading: One-Visit CEREC Crowns vs. Traditional Crowns

Does your grin need a boost? At Wekiva Dental, we’re passionate about healthy, beautiful smiles. That’s why we provide the cosmetic, general and preventative dental services needed to create and maintain amazing smiles. If you have questions about deciding between dental veneers and crowns or would like to learn more about our services, contact us today at 407-869-7333 to schedule an appointment. We serve the north Orlando area including Altamonte Springs, Longwood & Apopka.