What is the Difference Between a Crown and a Veneer?

At a new patient consultation this week I was asked this question.  In fact, this question comes up quite often.

Technically … The difference between a crown and a veneer is how much tooth structure is removed. A crown covers the entire tooth, and is done when the original tooth has been compromised with decay and/or fractures.  A veneer is like a new facing on the tooth.

In a smile … a crown or a veneer should look exactly like a real tooth.

In this case below you will find a combination of real teeth, crowns, and veneers.  From an esthetic stand point, there should be no difference between a crown and a veneer.  They both should blend in with the rest of the teeth in your smile.

Copyright 2010 – Alex Nguyen, DDS

Images of actual patients of Alex Nguyen, DDS are Copyrighted and Digitally Embedded to track Unauthorized Use.

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Alex Nguyen, DDS is a Saratoga Dentist who practices General Dentistry, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry. For over 20 years the practice has been serving the residents of Santa Clara County and San Francisco Bay Area.

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