When it comes to improving your smile, it is natural that you may want to fix missing or decayed teeth. But what about teeth that are chipped or discoloured? Can anything be done to improve your smile if you have a front tooth that has a large piece broken due to an accident? Fortunately, there are many cosmetic options for dental treatment that can help to improve your smile for all these conditions.  Among the strongest and longest lasting restorations for these are crowns and veneers. Your dentist can explain the differences between these and let you know what would be most appropriate for you. Here are some of the key differences.


Both veneers and crowns can provide natural appearance to teeth that have been restored and can blend in beautifully with the rest of the teeth. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that can be bonded to the front surfaces of teeth. Since these are only attached to the front surfaces, veneers are considered to be conservative treatment with very little tooth reduction or preparation needing to made. In contrast, crowns cover the entire tooth surface.  To place a crown the entire tooth surface must be prepared to create space for the crown to fit.

Veneer are ideal for teeth that may be discoloured, chipped, or have too much or too little space between them.  Teeth that have large fillings or decay, or teeth that have a large chunk of tooth missing are more suited for crowns instead of veneers.  

Both crowns and veneers are durable and long lasting restorations. Both tend to be stain resistant.  Crowns tend to be more stronger because they are generally thicker. Veneers may be more likely to come off and need to be glued back on again. People that grind their teeth in the sleep are more likely to chip or break their crowns and veneers unless they wear a special protective mouthguard when they go to bed.

Since crowns involve removing a lot more tooth structure, sometimes the tooth may end up getting inflamed as a result and need a root canal. Teeth that receive veneers are less likely to need this additional treatment as the procedure is more conservative.

The costs for veneers or crowns are comparable.

In some cases, discoloured or dark teeth can be lightened by bleaching and not need a restoration at all. Chipped teeth can also sometimes be repaired with tooth coloured fillings instead of needing a crown or a veneer. However fillings are not as strong as porcelain and may chip or stain more easily.  

Additional Information
When you’re looking to improve your smile, crowns and veneers may be options for you to consider. By understanding the differences between them, you and your dentist can make the right selection for you. To learn more or to find a dental office like Atlantis Dental Roundhouse that can offer quality services that will improve your smile, contact us.