Creating A More Beautiful Smile

Should You Get Crowns Or Veneers?

If you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, due to staining, chips, or spacing issues, you can get either crowns or veneers to cover these imperfections. While each of these procedures works well at covering the imperfections, there is more to know about each one when deciding which is right for you.

What are dental crowns?

You first option is to get a dental crown. This is a restoration procedure that fabricates a cap made of porcelain or other materials to be placed over the problem tooth. Impressions are taken by your dentist, which are sent to a dental lab. In a couple weeks, you return to the dentist's office to get the cap bonded to your tooth.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of dental crowns?

The main benefit to choosing a dental crown over a veneer is that it not only improves the appearance of your tooth, but it also provides protection. As a restorative dental procedure, a dental crown will protect a weakened tooth from breaking. If your tooth has a crack or it has weakened due to a previous root canal, you can get a crown that will provide another barrier for your tooth.

The drawback of a dental crown compared to a dental veneer is that it covers the entire tooth in a cap, as opposed to a dental veneer which only covers the front surface of the tooth. When filing down the tooth to make room for the crown, more of your natural tooth is removed from a crown for this reason.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are another option for improving the appearance of your teeth. These are made from thin pieces of porcelain which are bonded to the front of your problem teeth. Similar to getting a crown, you will have impressions made of your teeth getting veneers and then wait for the dental lab to prepare them. They are then bonded to your teeth and polished. Both crowns and veneers are made to blend in nicely with your other teeth in shape, size and color.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of dental veneers?

Dental veneers are only cosmetic and not restorative, so that is one of the main drawbacks to choosing them over crowns. If your tooth is at all weakened, you should choose a crown. Veneers can also be more expensive than crowns, as well as not being covered by insurance since they are considered cosmetic.

The benefit of veneers is that you don't lose as much of your natural tooth. There is some mild filing down of the tooth, but not as much as crowns since it doesn't cover your entire tooth. For more information, go to