Westminster dentist explains what’s the difference between veneers and crowns

What’s the Difference Between Veneers and Crowns?


Have you been told that you need crowns or veneers in order to protect your oral health? What’s the difference between veneers and crowns?

The answers to these questions are relatively straightforward. Crowns are  more invasive and require that the actual tooth be ground down in order to accept the crown. Conversely, veneers are less invasive and allow you to keep more of your tooth because they only cover an extremely thin portion of the front of the tooth.

Why choose one over the other?

However, there is much more to discover. It has already been established that crowns require that your actual tooth be dramatically altered. This may be necessary because the tooth itself is unhealthy and it is simply not possible to keep more of it. However, there are other circumstances where it may be necessary to use a crown. Typically, crowns are used when teeth are badly broken or when tooth decay has gotten to the point that it has become too severe to treat in any other fashion. However, they may also be used in areas where you have a tendency to clench your jaw. This is because crowns are much stronger than veneers and are able to endure the pressures that jaw clenching produces. This is not true of veneers, however.

Veneers, on the other hand, are much less invasive than crowns. However, they are not as strong because they are so incredibly thin. Veneers are typically used to correct gaps between teeth, fix cracks, or change the  shape or color of your teeth.

Your dentist will help you choose

Crowns and veneers look very similar once they have been applied to the tooth. The major difference truly comes down to the amount of tooth that you are able to keep and whether or not you can use a veneer successfully or a if you must have a crown in order to successfully deal with the problem. Having a discussion with your Baltimore/Westminster dentist about which treatment would best benefit you is the ideal way to decide if you should get a crown or a veneer. The key is to keep as much of the healthy tooth as possible without putting the health of the tooth in danger in the future. This is something that should be decided between you and your dentist according to your particular situation.

Learn more

If you would like to learn more about dental crowns, veneers and what cosmetic dentistry can do for your oral health, download my free e-book, “Cosmetic Dentistry is for everyone”. It will help you become informed so that you can be an active partner in your oral care.

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About the author

A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)