While it’s easy to see how people could get crowns and veneers confused, they differ in aspects such as procedure, prep work, cost, function, and appearance. Both crowns and veneers are traditionally made of porcelain materials and are used to restore damaged teeth.
However, veneers are more of a cosmetic procedure used to mask aesthetic imperfections such as discoloration, crooked teeth, uneven teeth in size or shape, and other cosmetic concerns.
Crowns are used to restore the function as well as the appearance of damaged, weak, broken, or chipped teeth. Crowns are often used to cover the affected tooth after a root canal procedure to protect it from further damage.
Both crowns and veneers require prepping the surface of the tooth by grinding down or reshaping the surface of the tooth. In veneers, the enamel is shaved down by .5mm before bonding the veneer to the outside surface of your teeth. This is so the veneers fit comfortably and aesthetically inside of your mouth. Veneers are made of thin porcelain material and are less durable than crowns, so they are prone to cracking or chipping.
In crowns, the prep work is more extensive and not localized to one side of the tooth. More of the tooth is filed down in comparison to preparation for veneers because the crown covers the entire tooth instead of just the front-facing side of your enamel. Crowns are much thicker than veneers, which makes them more durable and crack-resistant.
Crowns are significantly more expensive than veneers but are more likely to be covered by insurance. Since veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure and insurance companies do not cover cosmetic treatments, you may end up paying more for veneers.
Since crowns restore the function of the teeth, some insurance companies will cover as much as 50% of crown-related costs. Veneers entail more precision in creating aesthetically pleasing artificial teeth, which can rack up costs due to teeth impression and dental lab costs.
The purpose of veneers is to improve the appearance of your teeth. Often people suffer from crooked, discolored, chipped teeth or are insecure about wide gaps in their teeth. While these problems will still exist behind the veneers, veneers cover these imperfections up so no one else can see them.
Veneers are uniform in size, very white, and often made of porcelain to look like real teeth. While crowns do offer some relief from cosmetic concerns such as gaps in the teeth or covering up cracks, they are used primarily to restore the function of the teeth or to preserve the integrity of weak teeth.
Aren’t sure if veneers or crowns are the better fit for you? Contact us at Parkside Dental today and we can give you more information about the pros and cons of both procedures. If you’re looking to cover up cosmetic imperfections, then veneers are likely a better choice for you.
If you have structurally weak, damaged, or chipped teeth, then crowns are an excellent option to restore the strength and function of your teeth. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jason Larsen in Murphy to find out if you’re a good candidate for crowns or veneers.