What is the Difference Between Veneers and Porcelain Crowns?

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One of the most common questions we get asked is, “What is the difference between a veneer and a crown?” We asked Dr. Arredondo, a dentist who specializes in veneers and porcelain crowns in Bend, Oregon. Here’s what he had to say.

What’s The Difference Between Veneers and Porcelain Crowns in Bend?

Though there are some commonalities between dental veneers and porcelain crowns, the two have very different uses. Let’s talk about veneers first.

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin layers of material that adhere to the front of your teeth to perfect your smile. Made from composite or porcelain materials, veneers can protect or correct discolored, fractured, imperfectly shaped, or inadequately sized teeth. Sometimes this is done to repair a single tooth, other times it is done to perfect a series of teeth for a bright, white smile.

Veneers are ideal for small infractions such as chipped or broken teeth, gaps between teeth, worn down teeth, or teeth that are oddly sized or shaped. The veneer material is perfectly shaped, sized, and colored to smooth over any imperfections and produce a brilliant smile.

What are Porcelain Crowns?

Similar to dental veneers, porcelain crowns are also bonded to the teeth to fix or restore imperfections. Only, in this case, the material completely covers (or encases) the tooth. This is either because the tooth is weakened, completely broken, or severely discolored. Though veneers are only placed on the front of the teeth, porcelain crowns completely cover the teeth from the gum line and above. (If you’ve ever heard of someone “getting caps” this is what they’re referring to.)

Porcelain crowns are also used for dental implants, in which an entire tooth needs to be replaced. In this case, a crown can be made to fit the space of the missing tooth and can be affixed to the implant. Unlike metal crowns, porcelain crowns have the look, feel, and function of natural teeth.

How Do I Know if I Need a Veneer or a Porcelain Crown?

Though both veneers and porcelain crowns can fix dental imperfections, veneers are only used on the front of the tooth, while crowns completely encompass the tooth. If you have small chips or light discoloration, veneers might be the perfect fit. If you are missing teeth or if you have teeth that are completely broken or corrupted, crowns might be the way to go. Talk with your dentist to know for sure.

Dr. Arredondo provides veneers and porcelain crowns in Bend, Oregon. We are located on Bend’s Westside and would be happy to help you review your options for a more beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment to learn more. We look forward to meeting you.



  1. Hi, I would like veeners on my top 5 teeth, my teeth are healthy enough, but have receded a little from my gums , also one of my front tooth is a heading over to the tooth next to it , my dentist said I would need all crowns on all my teeth I think this is a bit excessive what are your thoughts please thank you

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