This is another very common question that we get asked. The truth is they are very similar, and some dentists might even say they are the same thing. But, at Montana Roots Dental Care, we want to make sure you understand the difference between the two.

The primary difference between a crown and a veneer is how much of the tooth and what part of the tooth they cover. A crown typically encases the entire tooth, whereas a veneer generally only covers the front of the tooth. In addition to that, there are a few other distinguishing characteristics:

  • Veneers
    • Require less tooth to be trimmed away than a crown. In some cases, a veneer can be applied with virtually no tooth structure removed.
    • Are applied to teeth whose underlying tooth structure is intact and healthy.
  • Crowns:
    • Are typically used in scenarios where the underlying tooth needs to be rebuilt because it is badly broken or decayed.
    • Require that you trim away a significant portion of the tooth, so once a crown is placed on a tooth it will always be required.

Porcelain veneers can correct most complaints you may have about the appearance of your smile. The best way to learn whether porcelain veneers can help you improve your smile is to talk to a cosmetic dentist. Please call