Veneers vs Crowns: Which Option Is Right for You?

Porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns can achieve similar cosmetic results. However, they have several important differences that can make one option more appropriate than the other, depending on your needs. Dr. Shahram Navid at Navid Family Dental in Peabody, MA, invites you to learn more about veneers vs. crowns so that you can make an informed decision.

veneers vs crowns
While veneers cover only the front surface of a tooth, crowns cover the entire tooth.

The Fundamental Differences

Crowns completely cover a tooth to provide any necessary structural support and protection following treatment for decay or trauma. They are also designed to look completely natural in order to improve function as well as aesthetics.

Veneers cover the front surface of a tooth, and serve only to enhance the appearance of your smile. While crowns require significant alteration of the tooth involving the removal of healthy tissue, veneers require the removal of only a small amount of enamel. You can depend on our doctors to help you choose the right solution for your needs.

Veneers are a purely cosmetic treatment, but crowns can serve both practical and cosmetic purposes.

Candidacy for Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers may be recommended if you wish to conceal minor imperfections such as:

  • Chips or cracks
  • Gaps or spacing
  • Discoloration
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Slight misalignment

Candidacy for Porcelain Crowns

You may be a candidate for a dental crown if:

  • You have advanced decay 
  • You have a severely cracked tooth
  • A weakened tooth requires additional reinforcement
  • Your bite is misaligned
  • You have undergone root canal therapy and the tooth needs support 
  • You have lost a single tooth and wish to replace it with an implant-supported restoration
  • You have a deep dental stain that does not respond to whitening and cannot be concealed with a veneer

Placing Porcelain Veneers 

In order to place porcelain veneers, a small amount of tooth enamel must be removed from the front surface. This will allow your veneers to lay flush with surrounding tooth surfaces for a natural appearance. Because the teeth must be altered, porcelain veneers are not reversible. In other words, the tooth will always need a veneer after it has been prepared. We can provide same-day veneers thanks to CEREC® technology, a system that uses computer-guided tools to create custom restorations within a single office visit. 

Placing Porcelain Crowns

Like veneers, tooth alteration is required before the placement of porcelain crowns. Because a dental crown covers the entire tooth structure, more tissue must be removed. In most cases, porcelain crowns can also be fabricated in our office using the CEREC system. 

Contact Us for More Information

You can depend on the dentists at Navid Family Dental to take careful note of your goals and your oral health needs in order to recommend the right treatment. We value patient education, and our dentists will take all the time needed to help you understand your options. Call us at (978) 705-6898 or contact us online anytime to request a consultation.

Navid Family Dental & Associates

Navid Family Dental & Associates

At Navid Family Dental & Associates in Peabody, MA, our dentists, periodontist, and dental hygienists provide superior dental care to our patients and their families. Our dentists are affiliated with many professional organizations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Massachusetts Dental Society
  • The North Shore District Dental Society
  • The American Academy of Periodontology

To schedule an appointment or request more information, please contact us online or give us a call at (978) 532-5550.

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