Crowns & Veneers: what are they?

Crowns and veneers mainly are used for cosmetic purpose. If you considering about smile make over and wish to restore your natural teeth your doctor may recommend you two options – crowns or veneers. If you have gaps between your teeth or changed teeth colour, these two alternatives can achieve great results.

Although both treatments will improve the appearance of your smile, there are some key differences between them which means it is important to choose the right option for you and your oral situation.

Differences between Crowns & Veneers

Both options – crowns and veneers are forms of dental restoration and work by adding a material to an existing tooth to improve its cosmetic or function. The main difference between a veneer and a crown is the tooth preparation – how much of the original tooth is removed, how thick the material covering the tooth is, and how much of the tooth is covered.


  • Between 60% and 75% of the existing visible tooth is be trimmed away
  • Crowns typically are used when teeth are broken or cracked
  • Crown keep the tooth intact and protect it from any further damage
  • Crowns are better option when you need to restore tooth edges


  • Veneers are more conservative treatment than crowns – less tooth needs to be removed
  • Veneers are a good solution for problems such as: stained teeth, chipped, minor cracks, are short in length, or are in other ways not cosmetically appealing to the patient
  • Veneers typically last approximately 10 years before you need to consider replacing them

Need help to choose?

Choosing between veneers or crowns comes down to the goals of you and your dentist. While both procedures are desirable, the two treatments have different uses. Book your visit now and our specialists will help you to find the best option for your situation.