What is the Difference Between Porcelain Veneers and Crowns?
While porcelain veneers and dental crowns share many similarities in what they are designed to do, there are also some important differences. Porcelain veneers can improve a range of dental imperfections, including chips and gaps, misalignment, stains and discolorations, and other issues. Crowns are often most beneficial for teeth that show signs of severe damage or decay. They are also routinely utilized as part of root canal therapy, dental implant procedures, and bridges. To be sure, crowns offer a huge aesthetic benefit, improving the appearance of the affected teeth with results that typically look very natural. In addition, crowns also serve to provide incredible strength and support to the original tooth, protecting it from further harm and, in many cases, eventual tooth extraction.
The chief difference between porcelain veneers and dental crowns is the fact that veneers cover only the front, most visible portion of the tooth, whereas crowns cover the entire tooth. Crowns are often necessary when the tooth is in a serious state of disrepair; porcelain veneers, while very helpful with enhancing function and protection in some cases, typically offer more of a cosmetic benefit. The important thing to remember is: both crowns and veneers are custom-designed for each patient’s individual needs. That is one of the many reasons why these treatments are so effective – they are specifically created for your teeth so the fit is precise and the results look natural. Plus, veneers and crowns are color-tinted to match surrounding teeth and attached with a durable cement to ensure results can last for decades with appropriate care. These treatments can be very beneficial as stand-alone procedures, or as part of a complete smile makeover.
Once our experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands, has met with you for your initial consultation and oral evaluation, he will explain your options and determine whether a crown or a porcelain veneer is best for your needs. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today!