Porcelain Dental Crown or Dental Veneers: Which one is better?

Expert advice on articles Doctor Tran Bao Anh
Prosthodontist

Currently, when it comes to cosmetic porcelain prosthetics services for teeth, 2 solutions are being interested by many people: dental veneers and porcelain dental crowns. Accordingly, dental veneers or porcelain dental crowns, which treatment is better for patients? Let’s find out what is the optimal solution!

1. The difference between dental veneers and porcelain crowns

Each method has different characteristics in terms of technique, durability, price, and execution case. 

1.1. Technical Aspects

With the porcelain veneer method: The doctor only grinds a thin layer on the outside of the tooth (there are even cases where tooth grinding is not required), then glues a thin porcelain sheet from 0.3 – 0.5mm veneer to the surface of the tooth to hide defects in shape or color.

With dental porcelain crown method: Doctors use porcelain crowns to capture on the teeth stump to help restore the shape, function and aesthetics of the teeth. However, before that, doctors need to grind most of the real tooth tissue of the teeth to create the stump, so this is quite an invasive method.

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Dental veneer is a less invasive treatment for tooth issues compared to dental porcelain crown.

1.2. Materials and thicknesses of prosthetic

For dental veneers, the material is made of 100% premium porcelain, with a thickness of only 0.3 to 0.5 mm. Despite its thinness, it adheres perfectly to the natural tooth structure, achieving high aesthetics. Due to the thinness of the porcelain veneer, all steps involved in the procedure, from tooth grinding, impression-taking, model creation, and laboratory fabrication, to tooth bonding and polishing, must be performed with utmost precision and dexterity.

For porcelain crowns, in addition to the all-porcelain material, there is also metal porcelain, the texture is thicker than the dental veneers, the thickness is from 0.6 – 2mm. They are designed with a shape, size, and color similar to natural teeth, but have a hollow interior to fit over the prepared tooth stump.

1.3. Durability

In general, dental crowns and porcelain veneers have comparable durability, lasting up to 8-10 years (depending on the patient’s oral care regimen). However, achieving this durability requires these procedures to be performed by a reputable dental clinic, using high-quality materials, and combined with proper oral care.

1.4. Indications

Dental veneers are typically indicated for discolored teeth, slight spacing or irregularities, minor chips or fractures, and worn enamel.

Porcelain crowns are commonly applied in cases of significant tooth fractures, root canal-treated teeth, teeth weakened by decay, as well as for aesthetic imperfections in teeth.

1.5. The Cost

Veneers typically cost more than dental crowns. This is because the veneer procedure is more complex than the crown procedure, veneers preserve more natural tooth structure, and veneers require a high level of skill from the dentist and the use of advanced equipment.

In summary, the main differences between veneers and crowns are as follows:

Evaluation CriteriaDental VeneerPorcelain crown
Technical AspectsThe doctor grinds only a thin layer on the outer surface of the tooth. This is also where the veneer teeth are glued toThe doctor grinds most of the real tooth tissue until it is satisfactory to capture the porcelain crown on top.
Illustrationsdental crowns vs veneersveneers vs crowns
Prosthetic thickness0.3 – 0.5 mm0.6 – 2 mm
Material100% all-porcelain.Full porcelain or metal porcelain.
Purpose of treatmentThe durability of the two methods is similar, if it is done correctly in a reputable clinic and well cared for.
Cost (*)8.000.000 – 10.000.000/unit5.000.000 – 8.000.000/unit (all-porcelain crown)

(*) Prices are for reference only. Please contact HERE for the most accurate price.

2. Dental Veneer and Porcelain Crown: Which one is better?

Whether veneers or crowns are better depends on a variety of factors, such as the condition of the teeth, the patient’s aesthetic requirements, chewing habits, and financial situation. However, in cases where the teeth are still healthy, not devitalized, and not severely broken down, porcelain veneers are the optimal solution, offering both aesthetics and preservation of natural tooth structure. Currently, porcelain veneers are a popular trend being chosen by many people.

To achieve optimal results, it is crucial to carefully consider two factors: choosing a reputable dentist and dental clinic before undergoing treatment.

With over a decade of experience and a team of highly skilled dentists, Elite Dental is proud to be a dental center trusted by thousands of patients.

Upon visiting Elite Dental, patients will receive a thorough examination and X-rays from our specialized cosmetic restorative dentists to assess the current condition and extent of their teeth. Based on the individual’s specific situation and preferences, the dentist will recommend the most suitable treatment plan. Patients can rest assured that treatment plans are always guided by Elite Dental’s core philosophy: maximum preservation of natural tooth structure, minimal cost for patients, and a focus on long-term outcomes rather than short-term fixes.

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With our multidisciplinary strengths, Elite Dental’s treatment plans are all geared towards comprehensive aesthetics and techniques.

If you are experiencing any dental aesthetic problems, do not hesitate to CONTACT Elite Dental today for the best treatment options!

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