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In many ways, crowns and veneers are similar. Both crowns and veneers traditionally require two appointments, one to prepare the tooth and one the place the final restoration. With newer technology, many dental offices can combine both procedures into one appointment. If you have two appointments, you will have temporaries between the appointments. (Keep watching for a future blog about temporaries!) Both crowns and veneers are cemented or bonded to your teeth, and are fabricated to look natural.
The main differences between crowns and veneers are the why and the how.
Why? Crowns are typically recommended when a tooth has so much decay or has lost so much of its natural structure that a filling is not a long-term solution. Veneers are typically done for esthetic purposes on the anterior or front teeth.
How? A crown or “cap” is a restoration that covers the entire visible portion of your tooth, and is made of porcelain over a substructure, usually zirconium or high-noble metals (gold or white gold). A veneer is a restoration that covers just the facial or “front” of your tooth, and is made of porcelain only.
I hope that answers your question!