Crowns vs. Veneers: Which Is Right for Me? By Joe McIntyre, DDS on April 13, 2021

Two dental crownsA beautiful smile has the power to instill confidence, but when dental flaws and oral health problems exist, it can make people feel insecure and embarrassed. Dental crowns can transform the smile and boost confidence by correcting imperfections and restoring dental health.

Veneers are another option similar to dental crowns that can address many dental issues and improve the smile’s appearance. At Smiles for Life Dental Care, we are proud to offer both treatments. We are ready to help you decide between crowns versus veneers if you live in or around Harrisonburg and Staunton, VA.

Deciding Between Dental Crowns and Veneers

Both dental crowns and veneers are used to correct dental imperfections, like chips and tooth shape. Neither treatment is inherently better than the other, but one may but one may be a better option depending on the specific needs of the patient.

In order to get an idea of which may be the better option, it helps to be familiar with each treatment and how dental crowns and veneers are used to improve the smile.

What Are Dental Crowns and Veneers?

A dental crown is a type of dental restoration that completely covers a tooth. Typically made of porcelain, dental crowns are custom-made to match the surrounding teeth and to improve the health and appearance of the tooth being covered.

Like dental crowns, veneers are typically made of porcelain, but unlike crowns, they only cover the front of the tooth. Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that mask dental flaws by covering the front surface of the tooth.

How Are Dental Crowns and Veneers Similar?

Both dental crowns and veneers are durable, long-lasting treatments that can enhance the smile and boost confidence. Both are firmly bonded to the teeth and can be cared for much like the natural teeth.

Although dental crowns and veneers are different, they can be used to treat similar cosmetic issues. For example, dental crowns and veneers can both treat:

  • Dental chips
  • Minor fractures
  • Dental discoloration
  • Misshapen or asymmetrical teeth

How Are Dental Crowns and Veneers Different?

The biggest difference between dental crowns and veneers is that crowns can be used for both cosmetic and restorative treatments. Veneers are primarily a cosmetic procedure.

Dental crowns are frequently used to repair teeth with significant damage, like severe fractures, or to restore the strength of teeth with large fillings. Because they completely cover the teeth, crowns are very beneficial for preserving damaged teeth and restoring dental health. They can be used on the molars or front facing teeth. Veneers, by contrast, are just used on the front facing teeth.

While veneers can be used to repair minor chips or fractures, they aren’t really suitable for major damage. Instead, treated teeth need to be healthy enough to support the veneer, which is why veneers are best for addressing cosmetic issues.

Find Out Which Treatment Is Right for You

If you live in the Harrisonburg area and are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, dental crowns or veneers may be right for you. To find out which treatment is best for your needs, please call Smiles for Life Dental Care at (540) 828-2312 or schedule a consultation online.

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The team of highly trained doctors at Smiles for Life wants to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime. Because we want every patient to have access to the advanced treatments offered at our practice, we accept many insurance and financing options, including: 

  • Medicare 
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To get started, call our Bridgewater office at (540) 828-2312 or request an appointment online.

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