There are many different types and terms out there for various dental implants, and they can get confusing to laypeople. One common bit of confusion here is between items called veneers and crowns. At the offices of Grant Dental, we offer both veneers and crowns to patients who might benefit from them. Here are the basic differences and similarities between veneers and crowns, and how you might go about choosing between the two.


Veneers are thin porcelain shells that cover the front and often the sides of the teeth. They completely conceal the visible portion of the tooth, and they can immediately whiten and straighten the look of the teeth while obscuring imperfections. Many porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, so whitening concerns become a thing of the past.


Dental crowns are restorations that cover the entire outer portion of the tooth, from the chewing surface to the gum line. They may be made from metal, composite, porcelain, zirconia or some combination of these elements. They fortify the tooth against damage and provide solid aesthetics.

The Distinction

The two treatments do some of the same things, and can be made from the same materials in many cases. The treatment process can also be very similar. Veneers are generally used as more of a cosmetic treatment, however, while crowns handle most cases where repairs of damage or decay are needed. Some people do use crowns for purely aesthetic purposes, though – the largest true distinction between the two is that veneers only cover the front or sides of the tooth, while crowns cover the entire thing.

How to Choose

Dr. Grant will help you determine which style is right for you if you’re in need of one of these implants, but there are a few basic indicators as well. Veneers are great for people who have only mild tooth damage, are not suffering from any decay or gum disease, are looking to address multiple teeth and want to preserve tooth enamel during restoration. Crowns are great for anyone suffering from tooth decay or gum disease, dealing with extensive damage that affects the whole tooth, have a weakened tooth structure, or are looking to handle issues with just a single tooth rather than several at once. To learn more about crowns, veneers or any of our other dental implants or services, speak to the service staff at the offices of Grant Dental today.

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