Crowns vs. Veneers: Which Option is Right for You

Crowns vs. Veneers: Which Option is Right for You
July 16, 2019

Whether you have problems with decay or problems with the look of your teeth, there is an easy solution: dental crowns or dental veneers. Though each utilizes a different type of appliance, both help you get the great smile that you’ve always wanted.

What are Veneers and Crowns?

Veneers and crowns are appliances that cover the tooth. Crowns are used to cover damaged areas of a tooth while veneers are used to cover an entire tooth for cosmetic reasons. Each procedure has different requirements, but both result in the patient coming out of the chair feeling better about their dental health.

Differences in Tooth Preparation

When preparing a dental crown, this is often because the tooth has suffered some sort of damage, usually from decay. The decay needs to be removed, and a temporary crown is put in place while a permanent one is made. Veneers are generally one size fits all. Teeth need to be filed down to a certain size so that the veneer can be slid on comfortably.

When are Veneers the Best Choice?

Veneers are the best choice when the reason you are seeking them is for cosmetic issues. Veneers are not ideal when dealing with underlying hygienic issues such as decay or root canals. The ideal patient for veneers is someone with healthy teeth looking to have a bright white smile.

When are Crowns the Best Choice?

Crowns are the best choice when there are underlying hygiene issues causing pain. These issues are remedied, usually with root canals. Sometimes a cavity may not eat through the tooth but be so widespread that a crown would be the best solution.

Differences in Insurance Coverage

Because crowns and veneers serve different purposes, there are clear differences in how they are to be covered by insurance. Usually, veneers have to be paid out of pocket because they may not be shown as necessary for the health of the tooth, while crowns address dental health issues.

Maintaining Your Perfect Smile

Whether you have crowns or veneers, it is important to make sure that you always follow proper dental hygiene practices. Brushing twice a day along with flossing is the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy.


Each patient has different reasons for coming to the office. If you think either veneers or crowns are the solution, give us a call today.