Veneers vs Crowns
Whether your dentist decides to use veneers vs crowns really comes down to how much tooth structure they have to work with. A crown covers the whole surface area of the tooth, while a veneer only covers the front surface. Both are effective cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve the look of your teeth but can vary according to their functional use.
Most dental crowns are about 2mm thick. They cover the whole tooth and are ideal for rebuilding the strength of decayed or broken teeth. The beauty of dental crowns is they are a very durable option. They are ideal if you grind your teeth or your teeth are highly worn. Sometimes there is just not enough tooth structure to support a veneer. A crown can be used to look like a healthy tooth in a beautiful smile.
Veneers are ideal if your teeth have become discolored or chipped. They can be used to disguise any teeth irregularities you have, such as crooked teeth, gaps, or protrusions. It uses very little enamel and covers only the front portion of the tooth with a very thin layer, instead of the whole tooth. A veneer is essentially surface deep, whereas a crown covers the entire tooth.