Veneers vs Crowns
Ever wondered about the difference between veneers vs crowns? You’re not alone! While they have some similarities, they are in fact quite different and perform different functions. Both are great tools in restorative dentistry and can improve the appearance of your smile. Which option is best suited to you will come down to a few factors.
Difference Between Veneers and Crowns
The main difference between veneers and crowns is that a veneer covers only the front surface of the tooth, a dental crown entirely covers a tooth. Veneers also must be applied to a natural tooth whereas a crown can be placed over a natural tooth or a dental implant.
Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded to the front of your tooth, while crowns are shaped like a thimble and give full coverage of the tooth. Both veneers and crowns will be colour matched to your teeth for the most natural appearance.
Both veneers and crowns can be used to correct functional issues in the teeth such as gaps, worn down teeth, shape corrections, staining and more. A veneer requires significantly less preparation to fit than a crown and is generally used to correct cosmetic issues.
Both crowns and veneers can be made from a variety of materials and each material has its own benefits. Our dentists will happily discuss the pros and cons of each material and help you to pick what suits your needs, cosmetics and budget.
Veneers Vs Crowns: Which One Is for You?
Unsure whether to pursue veneers vs crowns or vice versa? There are a few factors your dentist will take into account when suggesting a treatment option.
Crowns are best suited for:
- Significantly worn-down teeth with minimal surface area remaining.
- Cracked teeth or those with breakages.
- Teeth with large fillings.
- Teeth that have undergone root canal treatment.
Veneers are best suited for:
- Healthy teeth with intact enamel.
- Teeth that require corrections to shape or colour.
- Cosmetic enhancements such as filling gaps.
Are A Cap and A Crown The Same Thing?
There is no difference between a cap and a crown. Crown is the technical name while ‘cap’ is the less formal term. As crown forms a cap over the top of an existing tooth these terms became somewhat interchangeable – however, your dentist will most often refer to it as a crown.
Why You Can Trust Fresh Family Dental
At Fresh Family Dental, we are invested in the long-term relationships we form with our patients. If a crown or veneer is something you are wanting to pursue, whether for cosmetic or functional reasons, our skilled team can walk you through the best options. If a crown isn’t needed but you’d like to know more about veneers, we can help you with that too!
We understand the anxieties most people feel when seeing the dentist – particularly surrounding more involved dental work such as crowns. At Fresh Family Dental, we excel at putting our patients at ease and ensuring they are comfortable throughout their time with us. Our goal is to have you leave our practice feeling relaxed with a fresh smile that is both beautiful and healthy.