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While veneers and crowns can be similar in their physical appearance, they serve different purposes. The main difference is that a veneer covers the front of the tooth and is used mostly for aesthetic purposes, while a dental crown covers the entire tooth and is used to restore a tooth's shape and improve its strength



Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.

Why is it done?

Dental veneers are often used to treat the following cosmetic occurrences:

  • severe discoloration or uneven coloring that can’t be fixed with whitening

  • gaps in the teeth

  • smaller-than-average teeth

  • pointed or unusually shaped teeth




There are multiple advantages when considering veneers.

  • They provide a very natural appearance similar to teeth.

  • Gums tolerate porcelain well.

  • Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant.

  • Color may be selected to make dark teeth appear whiter.


While veneers have their advantages, there are some risks to consider.

  • Once completed, the process can't be undone.

  • Since enamel has been removed, your tooth may become more sensitive to hot or cold food and drinks..

  • The color of the veneer can't be altered once it's placed.

  • While unlikely, veneers can dislodge or fall off.

  • You can still experience decay, even with veneers.

  • Veneers aren't a good option for people with dental problems, such as gum disease or for the people with crowded teeth.


dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that's placed over the entire tooth. This is done to cover the tooth and to restore its shape, size, strength, and improve its appearance.When crowns are cemented into place, they fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.


Why is it done?

A dental crown can be used to protect a weak tooth from breaking and to cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left. Crowns can also serve the purpose of holding a dental bridge in place, covering a dental implant, or covering misshapen or badly discolored teeth.


Dental crowns provide solutions to a number of dental problems, including:

  • Supporting a tooth that has been significantly damaged by decay

  • Covering a dental implant

  • Holding a severely cracked or broken tooth together

  • Improving the appearance of a tooth by changing its shape or color


There are risks and complications to be considered when getting a dental crown, including:

  • After receiving a crown, your teeth may be sensitive to heat or cold.

  • If there isn't enough cement keeping it in place, a crown can get loose or even fall out.

  • While uncommon, some people may experience discomfort/pain lasting for weeks .

  • If you have periodantal (gum) issues, you might need to replace them sooner than expected.

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