We have found that many patients present to us wanting to know the difference between a veneer and a crown and which one is right for them. Veneers are thin shells that cover the front of the teeth. They can be used to change the shape, color, size and length of a tooth and also to close gaps between the teeth.
A crown is a thicker shell that covers all of the tooth surfaces. Crowns require removal of more natural tooth structure than veneers. Crowns are suitable for a wide range of clinical situations. Veneers, however, are not the best choice for patients who grind or clench their teeth or for patients whose teeth exhibit decay, large fillings, and lack of enamel. Additionally, veneers are not always appropriate when the teeth are not in the proper position and orientation. But when used in the right clinical setting, they can be a highly esthetic, more conservative treatment option. A comprehensive evaluation by your dentist will determine which option is best for you.