Porcelain Veneers: Aren’t They Just Like Crowns?

When you learn about porcelain veneers but you’ve also heard about porcelain crowns, you can find yourself getting a bit mixed up. Are these the same thing? If they both offer cosmetic improvements to some degree, what makes them different from one another? We know that at the outset as you begin learning about such treatments, they can run together and cause confusion. However, when you learn more about clear similarities and distinctions, you’ll better be able to separate the two, so you know what’s what for your smile. Our Cleveland, TX team is here to get you started!

They’re Both Made From Porcelain

First things first, porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns are both made from porcelain! So, if you get the confused at first, this may be part of the reason why. To get started, let us clear up some things about choosing porcelain:

  • It’s not fragile, it’s actually quite resilient
  • We can color match it to your specifications
  • It will last for many years
  • You need only to care for it the way you do your natural teeth

Only Crowns Offer Restorative Improvement

If you’re curious about what makes a dental crown unique, remember that it is the only treatment of the two in question with the ability to act as a restoration when your oral health is in need. Porcelain crowns are beautiful and can also rescue a seriously damaged tooth.

Veneers Are Strictly A Cosmetic Treatment

As for porcelain veneers, they do not offer restorative properties. The only thing that they do is address esthetic issues, such as discoloration, issues with dimensions, textural complaints, etc.

They Offer Different Levels Of Coverage

We encourage you to remember that porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns are not the same in their structure. As you’ve learned, veneers provide esthetic improvements and the crowns are primarily for restorative improvement. Appropriately, veneers are cases that provide coverage only over the part of your tooth that is visibly available. A crown covers the entire tooth! Keep this fact in mind as you become more familiar. Of course, if you think you may need one of these treatments or some other form of care for your smile, set up a visit with our team!

Schedule Time To Talk About Smile Improvements

Take time to learn more about improving your smile, whether you need help with your oral health or are strictly seeking to make your smile look better, so we may offer you a helpful conversation and a care plan. Call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We proudly serve patients and their families from Cleveland, Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Livingston, Huffman, and all surrounding communities.