Dental Porcelain Crowns Vs. Veneers: When Do You Need Them?


We get many questions about cosmetic dentistry and the procedures we conduct at our San Mateo Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. One of those questions has to do with dental porcelain crowns and how they are different from porcelain veneers. While our patients don’t always know the difference, we do and we use the procedure that best fits your problem.

It’s important to understand the difference between a crown and veneers. A crown encases the entire tooth. Commonly, we shave the original tooth down and place the crown on top. It’s secured and will feel just like your own original tooth. 

Veneers are different in that a veneer only covers the surface of the tooth. If you have a filling on the front of your tooth, a crack or miscoloring, veneers could solve these problems without treating the whole tooth.

Dental veneers are commonly made out of porcelain, which could be why patients often get the two confused. We are often asked whether it’s better to get crowns or veneers and it isn’t always a question that’s applicable to patients. Crowns and veneers are two different treatments to solve different problems in your mouth.

Both procedures can last many years if cared for properly. Despite being strong, however, they are not as strong as original tooth enamel. Veneers and crowns may need to be replaced at some point. 

If you have a tooth that has been compromised by decay, damage or a root canal, a crown is definitely the better option for the long term. If you have any questions about whether you need a crown or veneers, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at the San Mateo Center of Cosmetic Dentistry at 650-342-9016. 

We’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have about our procedures or your current oral health. Reach out today!