Veneers or Crowns: Which is Best?

It’s safe to say that chipping a tooth is never a fun experience. It usually happens when a person suffers from trauma to the mouth, or at the most unsuspecting time, such as biting into a chocolate bar that’s tougher than it looks.

Fortunately, there are several options when it comes to getting a chipped tooth repair quickly with the help of your cosmetic dentist in Charlotte, NC.

Two of the most popular options available are either veneers and crowns, which may leave you wondering about the difference between the two and which one is right for you. Of course, your choice will depend entirely on particular factors since your smile is unique to you and only you. Your dental history, as well as the conditions of the chip or fracture, are also important factors that can affect your treatment.

Below, we’ll take a look at the difference between veneers and crowns to help you figure out which is best for you.


Veneers and Crowns

Veneers are thin pieces of either porcelain, resin or a composite material, and are molded specifically to your teeth to improve their appearance.

On the other hand, crowns are generally much larger and fit over most of your tooth. Not only do crowns improve the appearance of a chipped or broken tooth, but they also help improve the tooth’s structure and are often used after procedures such as root canals.

In most cases, veneers are used for smaller chips and fractures that have not affected the integrity of the tooth where crowns are used for more severe problems that can’t be fixed with a small veneer.



Veneers are usually made with thin porcelain, which means that they are quite delicate and can break relatively easily. With this in mind, veneers are not recommended for people who have a habit of chewing their nails or grinding their teeth since they can easily become damaged and have a shorter lifespan than usual.

Still, veneers will usually last anywhere between 7 to 15 years, while crowns will last from 10 to 15 years.


If you’re still wondering which service is right for you, your best option is to visit your cosmetic dentist in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Holt! Call our office at (704) 542-2325 to schedule your consultation and discuss with our dentist about the best cosmetic service for your smile.