When you need or want to improve the function and look of your teeth, your dentist may recommend one of these two dental restoration methods: veneers or crowns.

As similar as they are, they are used for completely different purposes. Porcelain veneers are used for more aesthetic purposes, covering only the front of the tooth. Dental crowns are used to restore the shape of the tooth and improve its strength.

To better understand these dental restoration methods, here are the main differences between them, their pros and cons, and a little help for you to choose the one you actually need.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a 2 mm in thickness tooth-shaped cap that’s placed over the entire tooth. Crowns are used to cover the tooth and restore its shape, size, and strength, and also improve its appearance.

Reasons you need crowns:

  • Restore a tooth that is cracked, worn, or broken.
  • Protect a weak tooth from decay or damage.
  • Cover a tooth that has several damages.
  • Cover a discolored tooth, or hold a dental bridge in place.
Dental Veneers/ Porcelain Veneers

Dental or porcelain veneers are very thin layers of porcelain or other materials of about 1 millimeter in thickness, bonded to the front of the existing tooth.
Veneers change the color, shape, size, or length of the tooth, which is why it’s used for aesthetic purposes.

Reasons to get veneers:

  • Broken or chipped teeth..
  • Misaligned teeth.
  • Dark or stained, worn down teeth.
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Teeth are discolored from root canal treatment or excessive fluoride.
Now let’s take a look at the Pros and Cons of both dental restoration methods:



  • Support for a tooth that has been significantly damaged or decayed.
  • Improves the appearance of a tooth by changing its shape or color.
  • Covering a dental implant.
  • Long-lasting (can hold up to 15 years).
  • Holding a severely broken or cracked tooth together.


  • Teeth may get sensitive to heat or cold.
  • A porcelain crown can be more prone to chipping.
  • A crown can get loose or fall out if there isn’t enough cement.
  • There’s a chance of developing gingivitis if the gums around the crown get sore, irritated, or start bleeding.



  • Natural appearance is similar to teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant.
  • Gums tolerate porcelain well.
  • You may select the color to make dark teeth appear white.


  • The process can’t be undone.
  • The tooth may become more sensitive to hot or cold food and drinks (because of enamel removal)
  • They may not exactly match the color of your teeth, and the color of the veneer can’t be altered once it’s placed.
  • Even with veneers, you can still experience decay.

Both of these restoration methods can improve your smile and the teeth’s function. Pay a visit to your dentist’s office and discuss your best options taking into account your dental health and desired end result. 

Now you’re not a stranger to the veneer and crown subject! Just remember: If your tooth is damaged, has a large filling, or has a root canal, it will need a crown. Porcelain veneers are best for purely cosmetic purposes.