What Is the Difference Between Porcelain Crowns and Veneers?

Porcelain crowns and veneers are two popular dental restorations that can address a lot of the same concerns. Both options can be made using a natural-looking porcelain material, helping restore the look of your smile with durable results. Each restoration, however, is intended for a different purpose.

Porcelain veneers are placed over the front of the teeth, acting as a “shell” that conceals imperfections, such as chips, cracks, stains, gaps, and mild misalignment. By covering up these common tooth concerns, patients can improve how their teeth look. This is why veneers are considered a cosmetic treatment, since the primary goal is to enhance a patient’s smile appearance.

Dental crowns completely cover the affected teeth, which is why they are often called “caps.” This restoration is designed to strengthen a tooth that has been damaged, such as by decay or injury. By covering a weak or broken tooth, patients can restore its size, shape, and strength. Although crowns can definitely improve the look of a patient’s smile, they are typically recommended for functional reasons.

To learn which restoration is better for your dental needs, feel free to contact Austin Dental Spa to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sweeney.