Veneers vs Crowns- What’s the Difference?

If you are considering ways to improve your smile, you may have heard about crowns and veneers as good options to achieve your desired results. What is better veneers or crowns?

What is the Difference Between a Crown and a Veneer?

Both crowns and veneers are forms of dental restoration and offer long-lasting and natural results. Either crowns or veneers work by adding coverage to an existing tooth, the difference resides in how much of the original tooth is removed, the thickness of the materials, and how much of the tooth is covered.

Veneers vs. Crowns: How do they work?

Veneers are commonly used for more aesthetic or cosmetic purposes. Veneers can fix and cover misalignment’s, stains, minor cracks, and chips. They are usually made of a water-thin porcelain layer bonded to the front side of your teeth. This means that only a thin layer of tooth enamel will be removed in preparation for the veneer. Once that is done, your dentist should color-match the porcelain to your natural teeth to make the veneer more realistic. It is important to know that while veneers are strong, they won’t change the function of your teeth.

Crowns can correct the same issues as those fixed with veneers, but they go a step further and address fundamental issues such as cracked or broken teeth. Crowns, unlike veneers, encase the entire tooth and prevent further damage. However, dental crowns require between 60% and 75% of the existing tooth to be trimmed before placing them. Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain or a combination of both. New technologies include the use of Zirconia, a strong and malleable metal that is bio-compatible. Thus reducing, or even eliminating, the chance of adverse reactions. The final result will be a color matched crown that will look just like a natural tooth. Additionally, crowns can protect a tooth that has gone through a root canal or help you improve your bite.

What is better: Veneers or Crowns?

In the long-lasting feud of dental crowns vs. veneers, there isn’t a clear winner. Both treatments offer long-lasting and natural results, however, the best option depends on the state of your teeth and your goals. A consultation with an expert dentist will help you make an informed decision about your needs. Your dentist will walk you through the possible dental treatments, your desired results, and possible side effects. Once you are sure what you need, a visit to a board-certified Dental Studio will help you look and feel you best!

If you are ready to find out more about the correct option for your smile makeover, contact us now. To schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified dentists, contact VIDA Wellness and Beauty by calling (619)738-2144 (toll-free).


Dr. Alejandro Quiroz

Dr. Quiroz is our board-certified Chief Plastic Surgeon at VIDA Clinic in Tijuana. He specializes in Facial Rejuvenation, Neck lift, Buttock Augmentation, Breast Augmentation, Body Contouring and more. He is member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, San Diego Plastic Surgery Society, the Mexican Society of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and the Mexican Council of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, to mention a few.