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Veneers vs. crowns

Wondering about the difference between veneers and dental crowns? Both improve the look of your teeth but impact the function slightly differently. No matter which option is right for you, your Aspen Dental care team can help. 

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The difference between veneers and crowns

Both veneers and dental crowns are great solutions for reclaiming your smile. Let’s walk through some of the key steps during each procedure.  

The process: Dental veneers vs crowns

Whether you’re getting veneers or crowns, the treatment process is similar. Let’s explore the next steps toward transforming your smile.

Tooth prep


Temporary veneers or crowns

Final adjustments


Veneers vs. crowns pros and cons

Is one better than the other? The choice comes down to your own oral health needs. Talk with your Aspen Dental dentist about your best option and compare the pros and cons of each.

What are the pros and cons of dental veneers?

Pros of dental veneers

Cons of dental veneers

Lifespan Can last 10-15 years with proper care.May require replacement sooner than dental crowns. 
Appearance Offers a natural improved look for teeth.May not perfectly match adjacent natural teeth. 
Functionality Quickly corrects discoloration, gaps and minor misalignment. Less durable than natural teeth. Nail-biting and other tearing with front teeth discouraged.
Affordability A cost-effective, cosmetic restoration solution. May be partially covered by insurance.

What are the pros and cons of dental crowns?

Pros of dental crowns

Cons of dental crowns

Lifespan Lasts up to 15 years with proper care.Will likely require replacement in the future.
Appearance Offers a natural improved look for teeth.Color may not exactly match your natural teeth.
Functionality Restores full tooth functionality and protects damaged teeth. A significant portion of natural tooth structure is removed, which is irreversible. May also cause temporary sensitivity.  
Affordability May be covered by dental insurance, depending on your plan.Often more expensive than veneers, but most dental insurance plans will cover 50% of dental crowns cost.

Crowns vs. veneers FAQs

Veneers are great for improving the look of front teeth, while crowns offer more extensive protection and restoration for damaged teeth. Both will enhance the look of your smile.

Both procedures, dental crowns and veneers, may experience sensitivity in the day(s) following.

The cost of veneers and crowns varies based on your office location and the materials used.

10-15 years, while crowns tend to last 15-20 years before needing replacement. Durability varies based on oral care and habits—so be good to your teeth! 

Explore veneers and crown solutions for you

Take the first step to completing your smile. Contact your local Aspen Dental to see if veneers or crowns are right for you.

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