In cosmetic dentistry, two treatments can repair broken, damaged, or discolored teeth: crowns and veneers. Both ceramic restorations have helped patients strengthen and freshen up their smiles. But what is the difference between crowns vs. veneers? And which option is right for you?


Crowns are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments offered by our team at Center Valley Dental. A dental crown is a custom-made cover that strengthens and repairs the appearance of a broken or discolored tooth. Often patients will receive a crown after a large root canal or if their tooth is weakened by damage or decay.

We recommend crowns for the following patients:

  • Those with craze lines visible in their back teeth.
  • Those with cavities in their back teeth.
  • Anyone who has had a root canal.
  • People with collapsed bites or short teeth.

After x-rays and digital impressions using our CEREC machine, the impacted tooth is filed down in preparation so that the custom crown can achieve a comfortable fit. (It is important to note that dental crowns are not for teeth with severe decay or damage. An extraction and dental implant are often better options in those cases.) Then, the crown is cemented onto your tooth. By crafting the crown using CEREC digital technology, we have complete control over its look, shape, and size. So it will look completely natural! If you have a CEREC crown placed, the entire procedure only takes one visit!


Unlike crowns, veneers do not cover a tooth entirely. Veneers are often called ¾ crowns for this reason. The procedure is less invasive. Instead of covering the entire tooth, a veneer changes the appearance of the tooth’s surface, including its shape, size, and color.

Veneers are not for patients with broken or weakened teeth. They are cosmetic and best for patients who have teeth are:

  • Lightly chipped
  • Heavily discolored
  • Slightly crooked
  • Gapped

First, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth. Then your teeth will be filed (or etched), giving the veneer a surface to bond to. Your dentist will work with you to determine the veneer’s shape, size, and color so that it blends in more seamlessly with your smile. Finally, the veneer is cemented to the surface of your prepared tooth.

Crowns vs. Veneers: Which Is Right for Me?

When trying to decide between crowns vs. veneers, consider what your needs are. If you have otherwise healthy teeth that need straightening or some new color, a veneer is an ideal solution. However, if you find yourself with a tooth that is weak or broken, a sturdy crown will help preserve and strengthen the damaged tooth. If you need restoration, go for a crown. If you want to brighten up your smile, veneers will help.

Find Crowns & Veneers at Center Valley Dental

Center Valley Dental offers traditional dental services as well as cosmetic dentistry services, like crowns, veneers, and dental implants. During a consultation, our team here at Center Valley Dental will break down the crowns vs. veneers debate and help you find the treatment option best for your smile. With supplemental procedures, advanced technology, and a caring team of experts, we have the tools to turn the smile of your dreams into a reality.

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