Veneers vs. Crowns

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When it comes to improving the appearance of your teeth, veneers and crowns are great options but serve different purposes for restoration. Here’s a look at the differences between veneers and crowns to determine which one may be best for your needs.


A veneer is a very thin layer of semi-transparent porcelain or other materials that is bonded to the front of your existing tooth. It’s a good option to improve the appearance of front teeth. They can change the shape, size and color of the tooth and blend in with surrounding teeth to give you a great smile. Veneers are popular treatment options as they can conceal a variety of problems such as chipped, stained or misshapen teeth, gaps between teeth and worn or uneven teeth.


A crown is about double in thickness than a veneer and covers the entire tooth like a cap. It can be all porcelain, porcelain fused to a metal alloy or an all-metal alloy. Crowns are indicated when a large part of the tooth’s surface has been damaged but the root is intact and healthy. A crown can restore a broken tooth, a tooth that has a broken or missing filling, to preserve a tooth after a root canal, to cover a dental implant, and to protect a tooth that weak from cracking or fracturing further.

Cleaning veneers and crowns

When it comes to the care of your teeth with veneers and crowns, you treat them the same as you would your own natural teeth. Brush and floss daily and maintain regular dental checkups. Keep in mind that whitening treatments do not work on veneers and crowns as they do on natural teeth. Professional cleanings during your dental checkups will keep them maintained, and your dentist can help you with ways to whiten and brighten your teeth for a consistent, beautiful look.

Contact our Northern Virginia Dentists

Please call 703-214-3182 to schedule an appointment at Arlington Dental Aesthetics or 703-214-3186 for an appointment at South Riding Smiles. We serve patients in Arlington, South Riding and throughout Northern Virginia.

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