Q&A: Veneers Vs. Porcelain Crowns

When you begin learning about ways to improve your smile, whether you’re dealing with minor damage or serious damage, you will typically stumble across the benefits of porcelain veneers as well as the advantages of porcelain crowns. While these treatments can seem like the same thing (note: they do offer some similar benefits), they are quite different in many ways. For a clearer understanding of how to differentiate between the two and which may be best suited to your needs, learn more with answers to commonly asked questions.

Q&A: Porcelain Veneers vs. Porcelain Dental Crown

Question: Are porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns made of the same material?

Answer: Both are crafted out of layers of translucent porcelain that we will color-customize to match surrounding teeth or to improve the shade of your smile.

Question: Do veneers and porcelain crowns both offer identical benefits?

Answer: No. Porcelain veneers are strictly cosmetic, which means that they improve the beauty of your smile but not its health. Porcelain crowns improve the beauty of the teeth they cover and also offer restorative care, which means they can protect, completely cover, replace structure, offer support, and restore function.

Question: Are veneers and porcelain crowns constructed in the same way?

Answer: While both treatments are crafted out of layers of porcelain, they are not shaped similarly, nor are they applied to teeth in the same way. A veneer is a wafer-thin shell that we will place over the visible portion of your tooth. A crown is an artificial tooth that we will place over your entire tooth for full coverage.