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Difference between veneers and crowns

What’s the difference between Veneers & Crowns?

At The Dental Studio in Wakefield, we get a numerous amount of patients asking us what is the difference between veneers and crowns. In this article, we explain the variation between the two procedures, and why you may be more suitable to have one treatment than the other.

The main difference is that crowns cover the entire tooth and veneers are bonded to the front and sides of the tooth. Here we explore the other variants to help you decide which treatment is best for you:


Dental veneers are wafer thin layers of porcelain or composite resin that typically measure 1 millimeter in thickness or less. They are similar to false fingernail but for your teeth and are hand crafted by skilled technicians to fit over your teeth. They are a fabulous way of providing a natural, attractive look and are one way of fixing chipped, crooked or badly stained teeth.

If your veneers require minimal treatment, the tooth preparation may only require 3% anatomical crown reduction, whereas more extensive procedures may involve up to 30%.

The downside to veneers is that they can chip and don’t last forever, and often there are much less invasive ways of improving your smile – not sure if we should put this as it will put patients off from booking an appointment for veneers, is there an alternative they can offer?


A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant, a bit like a little hat for your tooth. Crowns are often needed when a tooth is heavily restored to prevent further breakage of the tooth, and are often needed when a tooth has had a root canal treatment.

Preparation for this type of restoration typically involves cutting the tooth down to a little peg so the crown can fit on top. Crowns usually have a thickness of around 1.5 – 2mm.

Crowns are sometimes a good way to improve the appearance of front teeth when they are heavily worn down or have large fillings, but as with veneers, if the teeth are healthy there are other ways to improve the appearance of your teeth without cutting away a lot of tooth tissue.

Cosmetic treatments such as tooth whitening and bonding white filling material to the teeth can provide amazing results without the need for drilling or injections.


Which type of dental treatment is best for me?

At the Dental Studio, we believe it is important for you to have a consultation with your dental surgeon who will ultimately treat you. During this consultation and assessment, the treatment options will be

discussed and, based on a number of factors including the condition of your teeth and your dental health, it will be decided either to go with veneers or crowns.

In addition to the information outlined above, below is a direct comparison between the two treatments:


  Veneers  Crowns
Thickness 1 millimeter 2 millimeters
Tooth changes Minor Significant
Condition of your teeth prior to treatment Healthy Badly broken or decayed
Tooth trimming Minimal Maximal
Colour change Minor Noticeable


There are a few differences to having for both veneers and crowns, however we will always set up a maintenance plan for you to follow and provide a customised programme with our hygienist to keep your smile at its best.

Both veneers and crowns should last at least 10 years, however this depends on the condition of your teeth at your dental consultation and how much you maintain your oral health and follow your plan provided by our Wakefield practice.

If you would like to make an appointment or discuss veneers and crowns please either call us on 01924 822097 or book online here.