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What’s the Difference Between Crowns and Veneers?

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Both crowns and veneers serve important roles in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. It can be easy to get specific restorative terms mixed up, but don’t worry – this article will equip you with some advance knowledge before your next dental visit.

There are some fundamental differences between veneers and crowns (also called “caps”). Function, location, and the amount of tooth structure removed are the main ways in which crowns and veneers differ.


Crowns are meant to cover an entire tooth to protect it after the outer tooth layers have been damaged by decay or trauma. Crowns are intended to withstand the forces of chewing.

Veneers serve more of a cosmetic function than crowns do. While crowns can be made to look very natural, veneers are strictly intended to improve the appearance of teeth, not provide improved structural support.


Crowns can be placed on any tooth in need of extra protection and strength, but veneers are only placed on front teeth. This is because the front teeth show when you smile. Veneers are not designed to withstand strong chewing forces.

Amount of Tooth Structure Removed

Crowns require significant reshaping of a tooth. Decayed portions are removed, and a strong crown made of metal, ceramic, or porcelain components is fitted over the tooth. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain cemented over the front of a very lightly trimmed tooth. Veneers are delicate and are crafted to correct defects in front teeth such as slight gaps, deep staining, and small chips.

Ask your dentist which treatment options can give you your strongest and most beautiful smile!

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

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