There are so many attractive ways to treat and restore your teeth. We often hear dental crown and veneer are the best options to enhance the look of your smile. But what is the difference between the two and which one to choose? We explain.

Dental Crowns.

Typically used as a cover or “cap” on a damaged tooth. A dental crown is made of porcelain; it is designed to hide damaged and unsightly teeth while making each tooth stronger. The crowns can be matched to your teeth color and shape making them look invisible. There are three types of dental crowns available depending on the circumstance.
Porcelain – Commonly used for the front of the teeth, as mentioned above, these crowns can match the color and shape of your teeth.
Gold – Commonly used for the back of the teeth, this type is usually strong and durable.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal. – Can be used throughout of the teeth that offer natural look of porcelain and the strength of the metal inside.


A veneer is made of a thin layer of ceramic resin tooth-colored filling material that commonly applied to the front of the teeth surface rather than fitting around the entire tooth. These types are often used to fix cosmetic issues, stained, chipped or misshapen. There are two types available.
Indirect Veneer – Porcelain is best used to cover stains, but resin is more natural to apply and less invasive. Both are strong and durable and may require a couple of dental visits.
Direct Veneer – This type of veneer is typically applied directly to your teeth by a dentist. This will need more time and labor intensive that may produce less predictable results than indirect veneers.

If you’re still unsure which option is best for your teeth, consider speaking to Dr. Emma Wu at one of our dental office in North Andover. Dr. Wu will walk you through everything that you need to know, ensuring you have a full understanding of what is required to bring back that smile you’ve been longing for!

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