Dental Veneers Vs Dental Crowns: Which One Is The Best Option For You?

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your teeth? Do you have chipped, cracked, or discoloured teeth that make you self-conscious about your smile? If so, you may be considering dental veneers or crowns as a solution but need clarification about which one to choose.

Dental Veneers Vs Dental Crowns: Which One Is The Best Option For You?

Every day at Smile Dental Turkey, many patients don’t understand the difference between dental veneers and dental crowns.


Are you unhappy with the appearance of your teeth? Do you have chipped, cracked, or discoloured teeth that make you self-conscious about your smile? If so, you may be considering dental veneers or crowns as a solution but need clarification about which one to choose.


Both dental veneers and dental crowns are popular options for tooth restoration and smile makeovers. However, they serve different purposes and have other benefits. In this article, we’ll compare dental veneers and crowns to help you determine which option is better for you.


Patients from the United Kingdom especially misunderstand veneers because of general word-of-mouth terms. People call all dental prostheses veneers, but there needs to be more information about dental veneers and crowns.


Some dentists and dental clinics on the internet claim that you could pick dental veneers if you don’t want to shave down your teeth as much as in dental crown procedures. We never understand the purpose of this wrong information, but we must tell our patients that we always want to save their teeth. However, we may not have options other than dental crowns in many cases. That is why nearly all patients looking for a smile makeover have dental crowns.

Use Case Of Dental Veneers

You can think of dental veneers as thin porcelain shells that only cover the teeth' visible surface. We use dental veneers as an instrument for a smile makeover because they may not give complete comfort, stability and protection for teeth. For example, we may use dental veneers for front teeth, while canine teeth might not be a good idea because patients could have many problems while eating, and nobody would like to come again and again to have their dental veneers fixed.


In addition, patients should understand that dental veneers shouldn't be used if they have biting problems (such as crossbite underbite), teeth alignment issues, rotten teeth, or received root canal treatments. Bruxism (teeth grinding) is also another reason to avoid dental veneers.


If you have these issues and your dental treatment plan includes dental veneers, you should think twice since you might not get a pleasing result in aesthetical and functional terms. We understand patients' concerns about the shaving-down-teeth process; however, you should decide whether you need dental veneers or dental crowns -or even both- at a detailed consultation with a specialist. Patients should be careful about scam websites telling them everything can be done without shaving their teeth.


Another point that needs to be understood is that even though dental veneer prices and dental crown prices are the same, dental crowns are more costly for clinics and require more time for dentists, so dental veneers are making more profit for dental clinics and dentists.


Disadvantages of dental veneers;


  • Veneers leave more areas of your tooth exposed to new decays,

  • Veneers are not reversible applications,

  • Veneers are more fragile to damage,

  • Dental insurance may not cover veneers.

  • Veneers are not suitable for everyone.

  • Veneers cannot fix functional issues.

Use Case Of Dental Crowns


Dental crowns are the most popular use case in dentistry since they can be recommended for diverse reasons, especially in restorative dentistry and by restoration, we do not only refer to aesthetic restorations. Covering teeth 360 degrees, dental crowns can restore or strengthen damaged teeth. They can be applied to cover up a rotten tooth or a tooth that received root canal treatment, close a gap with merged crowns, and restore the damage caused by bruxism.


Generally, patients are only concerned about teeth shaving when applying dental crowns. We understand this process may create stress, but also gives dentists flexibility. With this flexibility, dentists may solve diastema, alignment issues, and even biting issues such as crossbite, overbite, underbite and overjet. You can check our patients' before and after photos for such examples. The improvements will make patients more comfortable and more satisfied in the long term.


Dental crowns can be recommended for, 


  • Restoration of Damages: Dental Crowns are perfect for restoring a damaged or decayed tooth.

  • Protection: Dental Crowns provide substantial protection to weakened or fragile teeth. They can prevent further damage and potential fractures.

  • Improving Functionality: Dental Crowns can withstand the force of chewing and biting, allowing you to eat comfortably.

  • Longevity: General statistics show that dental crowns may last 10 to 15 years, of course, in a strong relation with the patient's dental health care.

  • Customisation: Crowns can be created with different materials, giving patients many cosmetic options.

  • Stability: Crowns can provide stability to teeth that have undergone root canal treatment, helping to preserve them for longer.

Statistics Of Our Patient Cases 


Our dental clinic statistics show we have applied dental crowns for 99.5% of our patients. 


90% of our patients who got dental crowns preferred zirconium porcelain dental crowns, 7% preferred metal porcelain dental crowns and 3% preferred E.Max porcelain dental crowns.


Nearly all of our patients preferred E.Max for laminate dental veneers.


85% of patients who visited us had at least one rotten tooth, 33% had at least one root canal treatment, and 62% had at least one missing tooth.


Patients with missing tooth/teeth preferred 80% dental bridges over dental implants. The main reason is that patients want to avoid coming for a second visit as required for dental implant treatment and want to see results as soon as possible.

So Which Ones Is Right For You? Veneers or Crowns?


In conclusion, while dental veneers and crowns may serve similar cosmetic purposes, they differ significantly in application, procedure, and suitability with different dental issues. Understanding these differences and considering statistical trends can help patients make informed choices before taking the first step. Whether seeking to improve their smile's appearance or oral and dental functions, patients should consult with dental professionals to determine the best course of action based on their specific needs and circumstances.


We recommend you consult us for an online consultation to have a better understanding of your current needs and treatment options. We may also provide X-ray services and video call consultations if necessary.


Dr Dt Uğur Gültekinler
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Dr Dt Uğur Gültekinler