Porcelain Crowns vs. Veneers: What Will Work Best for Your Teeth?

Getting to know the differences between porcelain crowns and veneers will help you make an informed decision about what will work best for your teeth.

At JVR Dental in Walnut Grove, Langley, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dental services, including installing crowns and veneers.

What are Porcelain Crowns?

Porcelain crowns are essentially caps that are designed to sit over top of existing teeth. Since dental crowns are made from porcelain, which is similar to organic tooth material, and are designed to look like regular teeth, crowns can be used to create a healthier tooth appearance and a more natural looking smile.

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells that can be attached to the front of teeth in order to improve their appearance. In most cases, veneers are made from porcelain or resin-composite materials to create a seamless look with your natural teeth. Veneers can be used to treat a number of different cosmetic concerns and are permanently bonded to your teeth.

When are Porcelain Crowns the Best Choice?

Porcelain crowns are best suited for covering fundamental issues with existing teeth, such as teeth that are badly cracked or broken. This is because crowns can be used to keep the tooth intact and protect it from further damage that would otherwise eventually lead to the tooth needing to be extracted.

Dental crowns are also a better choice in instances where the edges of the teeth have been damaged by grinding, as they can help significantly improve the teeth’s appearance; however, it is important to note that, once a crown has been placed, the tooth will always require some sort of covering.

When are Dental Veneers the Best Choice?

Dental veneers are best suited for helping correct relatively minor and completely aesthetic-based issues, such as badly stained teeth, chipped teeth, teeth with minor cracks, small gaps, and superficial misalignments. In most cases, veneers can be used to significantly improve the overall colour and appearance of teeth, providing a healthier-looking smile.

Similar to porcelain crowns, once a veneer has been applied to a tooth, it will always require some sort of covering. This might mean getting a replacement veneer or eventually switching over to a crown.

If you would like to learn more about the differences between porcelain crowns and veneers or about what will work best for your teeth, or if you are interested in one of our cosmetic dental services, please contact JVR Dental today by calling 604-371-3138 or by filling out a contact form on our website.