The Difference Between a Crown and Veneers

A crown is a special type of prosthodontic device that both supports and protects a tooth that has been significantly damaged or otherwise requires protection. For the crown to fit properly, the tooth must be shaped and filed. Crowns offer us the ability to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost. All-ceramic crowns are the best option for aesthetics, but crowns are also available in other materials including ceramic-fused-to-metal and various metals.

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed over the top of your teeth. While some types of veneers require that your enamel be shaped or etched prior to placing, they are less invasive than crowns. Veneers are designed to improve the appearance of your teeth and can cover a number of flaws such as discoloration and chips.