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Veneers vs. Crowns: When to Use Which

When you need dental restoration, the choices can seem endless. Veneers and crowns are common solutions in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, each with distinctive features and benefits. However, they are very different procedures and are used for different purposes. 

Veneers are excellent for those looking to improve the aesthetics of their smile with minor tooth preparation. Crowns are more appropriate when a larger portion of the original tooth has been compromised

A thorough consultation and conversation with your dentist about your goals can help determine the right choice for your needs.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted from porcelain or composite resin, designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. Often referred to as “Hollywood teeth,” veneers can correct a range of dental flaws with minimal tooth reduction.

What Can Veneers Fix?

Veneers can be a good choice for those with:

  • Discolouration that tooth whitening can’t fix
  • Worn down, chipped, or broken teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Spaces between teeth

The Veneer Process

Getting veneers typically involves several visits to the dentist. The process includes diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation of the tooth, taking an impression, and the final bonding of the veneer to your tooth.

Pros & Cons of Veneers

Veneers look like natural teeth and are stain-resistant. Most people generally tolerate them well. 

However, you may experience slight tooth sensitivity after the procedure. Veneers are also permanent, as some of your enamel needs to be removed for proper placement. They also can’t be repaired and must be replaced if they chip or crack. 

What Are Crowns?

Dental crowns, also known as “caps,” encase the entire tooth, restoring its original shape and size. These are often used to strengthen a tooth’s structure, attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from decay, or restore one that’s already broken.

What Can Dental Crowns Fix?

Crowns are usually recommended when a tooth has:

  • A cavity that is too large for a filling
  • Undergone root canal therapy
  • Received a crack that needs to be prevented from spreading
  • A significant portion missing

The Crown Process

Similar to veneers, getting a crown usually involves multiple visits. First, the tooth is prepared by removing decay and shaping it to fit the crown. An impression is taken, the crown is created and then cemented into place during a final visit.

Pros & Cons of Crowns

Crowns provide many benefits. They can strengthen damaged teeth, improve their appearance, and provide a long-lasting solution. 

However, more of the natural tooth structure needs to be removed than for a veneer. They can also be more expensive, and some patients experience more discomfort and sensitivity. 

Do I Need Veneers vs. Crowns?

The most significant difference between veneers and crowns is the amount of tooth structure that is removed. Veneers require less reduction, making them a more conservative option. However, crowns provide more structural support for a damaged tooth.

When to Use Which

When deciding between veneers and crowns, consider:

  • The health of the tooth and the amount of damage present
  • Desired outcomes, whether aesthetic, functional, or both
  • Long-term oral health goals

Your dental team is your best resource for deciding which restorative option suits you. They can assess your dental health, discuss your treatment goals, and provide guidance tailored to your individual needs.

Aesthetic Considerations

The truth is that both restorative options can be designed to look incredibly natural and blend seamlessly with your existing teeth. However, there are some nuances worth considering.

  • Veneers are particularly lauded for their ability to mimic the natural translucency and shine of tooth enamel. This customization can make them an excellent choice for those focused on cosmetic enhancements.
  • Modern dental crowns are made from advanced materials such as ceramic and porcelain, which can match your tooth’s colour. Additionally, crowns cover the entire tooth, allowing them to correct more significant structural issues while achieving an aesthetically pleasing result. 
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Find the Right Treatment to Reach Your Smile Goals

Restorative dental treatments such as veneers and crowns can be life-changing, not just for your oral health but also for how you feel about your smile. While the decision is significant and deeply personal, it should be informed by your dental team and goals. A healthy and beautiful smile starts with informed choices and the right support.

If you’re considering veneers or crowns, schedule a consultation with Markham Dental Smiles. Our team can guide you through the process, helping you decide on the treatment that best fits your needs. Whether you aim to revamp your smile or address oral health issues, we’re here to help. Book your appointment today

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We would love to meet you at our Unionville office. We’re located on Highway 7, right next to the Shopper’s Drug Mart.


Markham Dental Smiles
4630 Hwy 7 #2
Unionville, ON, L3R 1M5

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Phone: (905) 477-6453
Email: [email protected]


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