Crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” used to preserve the tooth and lengthen its life. They provide an ideal way to strengthen teeth that have been damaged or weakened as a result of extensive decay or large fillings and to repair unsightly teeth. Crowns may be made from porcelain, gold or high strength indirect composite materials. Porcelain crowns are carefully crafted to look natural and blend in with the rest of your teeth.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain placed in front of a tooth, to improve its appearance. This can be done to improve the tooth both in form and in colour. Veneers can be a suitable solution to chipped, small, discoloured, crooked, gapped or generally unsatisfying teeth. Veneers represent an affordable new standard of excellence in cosmetic dentistry in creating a bright, white smile. Veneers and crowns are both highly aesthetic but have different uses. Veneers are usually used when a patient is seeking improvement in terms of the shape and colour of their teeth. Crowns are used when there is less tooth structure due to dental problems in the past.