The difference between crowns and veneers

The difference between crowns and veneers

Veneers and crowns are two restorative dental solutions to help achieve the smile you desire. Both treatments can actually improve the appearance and function of your teeth. They may seem to provide the same benefits, but these two are different things with some major dissimilarities. To show you which dental restoration method is right for you, we listed the differences and similarities between veneers and crowns, how each works, and when each of these solutions should be used. It is important to choose the right option for your particular dental condition. 

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin layers of fine material placed over a tooth to give it a more aesthetic shape, securely covering the front surface of the tooth. Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure that leaves most of the existing teeth intact. They are a popular solution for cases like chipped teeth, a gap between teeth, or badly formed teeth. It is important to note that veneers can only be placed on a tooth that has a large amount of existing enamel. There are two types of dental veneers—porcelain veneers and resin veneers. Porcelain veneers are more stain-resistant than resin veneers. Make sure you discuss the best choice of veneer material for you with your dentist.

What are dental crowns?

Crowns are a type of dental restoration that completely covers the entire area of your tooth or dental implant. When the teeth lose their shape and size, a dental crown, or the tooth-shaped thing called “caps,” can be placed over them. The tooth will need to be filed down before a crown can be placed on top of it. Dental crowns will necessarily restore the tooth’s shape, size, and overall appearance that has been badly damaged by decay, cracks, or injuries. Dental crowns can be made out of metals, such as porcelain, resin, or ceramic. Your dentist will fabricate the crown, or “cap,” to securely fit over your tooth and then cement it into place. This will cover the visible portion of the tooth. 


The Similarities Between Veneers and Crowns

Veneers and crowns are both dental treatments that help improve or enhance the general look and function of the teeth. They are usually used to restore teeth that are damaged, crooked, decayed, chipped, cracked, or injured. Once these two are applied, it will be difficult to notice their differences because they both have a similar effect on making a smile more beautiful. You will care for both veneers and crowns in similar ways, too. Just like the rest of your teeth, you’ll need to brush them twice a day and floss them to remove food particles. With proper care, both veneers and crowns should last for ten years. And they both require regular dentist visits for professional cleaning and checking of the restorations.

The Differences Between Veneers and Crowns

The major difference between veneers and crowns is the way they fit the tooth. A porcelain veneer is placed just on the front surface of your tooth, while a dental crown covers the entire tooth. Veneer treatment usually just removes a thin layer of tooth enamel, while crowns require 60% to 75% of the existing visible tooth to be trimmed away. However, veneers are more aesthetically pleasing than crowns—showing less gum margin. Crowns are thicker than veneers—two millimeters compared to one millimeter. Veneers may need to be replaced after several years, while crowns can last quite a long time and are quite permanent.

Veneers and Crowns: How much do they cost?

The cost of crowns and veneers is very similar, depending on your tooth’s particular case or condition. However, porcelain and ceramic crowns are more expensive than their all-metal counterparts. Dental insurance will often cover part of the cost of the crowns, but unfortunately, will not cover the cost of veneers since they are considered an aesthetic treatment. Whether you need a veneer or a crown, your dentist will more likely provide a payment plan that suits your budget.

Is a veneer or crown right for me?

Can I use both veneers and crowns for almost the same function? Can I use them both interchangeably? The answer is no. Your dentist will recommend just one dental treatment option based on your particular needs. Crowns are the best option for a very damaged tooth, whereas veneers are best for cosmetic purposes. Tooth that is 90% intact require only minor restoration and porcelain veneers are more likely recommended.



Queensland restorative and cosmetic dentistry

If your tooth or multiple teeth need correcting, Esteem Dental Care’s experienced dentists can help you determine the best treatment option that is right for you. Whether your tooth needs full restoration with a crown or you just want to enhance your smile with a set of porcelain veneers, we can provide you with the restorative and cosmetic dentistry services you need to achieve the healthy and beautiful smile you deserve. We offer a variety of dental reconstruction treatment options. We have multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures that can help you achieve a ready-to-show-off smile!

Give us a call today to schedule an appointment at one of our two convenient clinics. You can reach our Ashmore office at (07) 5539 5009 or our Robina office at (07) 5639 7302. You may also book online via our website,


Feb 2 2023