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Veneers vs Crowns: Which is Better?

April 8, 2024
Veneers vs Crowns Which is Better

Dental veneers are often to thank for the beaming, perfectly white, aligned smiles on celebrities. As a cosmetic dental treatment, veneers can completely transform a less-than-perfect smile. Dental crowns are also used cosmetically to improve the appearance of misshapen, small, cracked, chipped, or discolored teeth. However, whereas dental veneers are only used for cosmetic purposes, dental crowns are used as both a cosmetic treatment and a restorative dental treatment to restore a decayed, weakened, cracked, or vulnerable tooth to good health. 

Veneers & Crowns: How They Are Used

Dental veneers are thin shells that are affixed to the front of the teeth, wrapping slightly around the edges of the teeth. Dental crowns are custom-made to match your other teeth in shape, size, and color. They completely cover the teeth underneath them.  


A full set of veneers is often placed to improve the appearance, for example, of the upper arch of teeth. Or, you may opt for a single, or a couple of veneers to improve the appearance of a few small teeth, close a small gap between teeth, or correct a stained or discolored tooth.


Dental crowns are less commonly used to improve the appearance of an entire arch of teeth. Instead, as a cosmetic treatment, one or more dental crowns may be placed to improve the appearance of and protect a significantly chipped, cracked,  stained, or discolored tooth. 


Dental crowns are universally used restoratively to treat cracked teeth, fractured teeth, and significant tooth decay. Dental crowns may be used to treat teeth that have suffered wear and tear from teeth grinding, and are used to protect a tooth after a root canal. Finally, dental crowns are used in dental implants, attaching to the post or screw implanted in the jaw

Dental Veneers vs Crowns: How the Procedures Differ

The procedure for getting dental veneers differs from the dental crown procedure. Those who opt for veneers will need to have their natural teeth etched. This is a non-invasive procedure in which a very thin layer of enamel is removed from the teeth to create space for the shell-like veneers. Digital images and digital impressions will then be taken and sent to the lab to create the veneers. Once the veneers are returned from the lab, you’ll return to have them fitted, adjusted, and finally bonded to your teeth.


The procedure for getting a dental crown involves reducing the size of the tooth by filing it down. Digital images and impressions will be taken and sent to the lab to create your crown. Once the crown is returned from the lab, you’ll return to have it fitted, adjusted, and finally permanently bonded to the tooth or teeth.

Veneers vs. Crowns: How to Choose the Right Option for Improving Your Smile

When you’re ready to improve the appearance of your smile, it’s best to get advice from a highly experienced cosmetic dentist. They will evaluate your smile and oral health and provide you with estimates for the cost of each treatment, along with their professional recommendations.  Patients should be aware that dental veneers are not covered by dental insurance. Dental crowns, however, are frequently covered by dental insurance, provided they will restore a damaged tooth and improve your oral health.  

Frequently Asked Questions about Veneers 

Can I pay for dental veneers with CareCredit?

Absolutely. Oakdale Dental Associates accepts CareCredit for all dental treatments.


How long will veneers and dental crowns last?

Both dental crowns and dental veneers are made of incredibly durable materials. Patients can expect them to last 7-10 years before needing to be replaced. 


Schedule a Cosmetic Dental Consultation in Holyoke, MA

If you’re ready to begin improving the appearance of your smile, Oakdale Dental Associates is here to help. Our friendly, experienced team provides comprehensive preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry at our state-of-the-art practice in Holyoke, MA.  To schedule a consultation call 413-536-1782 or send us a message.

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