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Dental Crowns vs. Porcelain Veneers: Which should I choose?

July 18, 2022
Posted By: Wicker Park Dental Group

Both dental crowns and porcelain veneers are proven, durable dentistry methods that can conceal imperfections. Since dental crowns and veneers provide similar functions, some patients consider them interchangeable terms—but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

If you’re debating between dental crowns and porcelain veneers, the dentists at Wicker Park Dental Group can help you determine which treatment best suits your needs. Find out more information by scheduling a consultation at our Chicago, IL, dental office. Here is a brief glimpse at the distinctions between dental crowns and porcelain veneers:


Dental crowns are sturdy caps that encase the entire tooth. Generally, dental crowns are used to strengthen and protect a weak or damaged tooth. For instance, if you have a large cavity, your dentist might suggest undergoing root canal therapy and bonding a dental crown on top of the tooth to restore and save the affected tooth root.

Alternatively, lab technicians mold porcelain veneers out of fine, stain-resistant ceramic. Veneers cover the front part of the tooth only. They are considered a cosmetic dentistry technique because they can be used to camouflage unwanted staining, minor chips, and other aesthetic flaws.


Generally, both procedures require two dentist visits: one for preparation and the other for placement.

Before installing a dental crown, your dentist will prep the tooth by filing down the outer layer. Then, he will make an impression of your smile and place a temporary crown. When your permanent crown returns from the lab, your dentist will bond it to your tooth.

Usually, the dentist will remove about a millimeter of enamel before bonding porcelain veneers. This etching helps adhere the veneer to the tooth and helps create a seamless appearance. Because most of the tooth is left intact, veneers are considered a non-invasive cosmetic dentistry option.


Dental crowns and veneers are regarded as long-lasting dental treatments:

  • Typically, dental crowns last between 10 to 15 years.
  • Conversely, veneers have an average lifespan of around 5 to 10 years.

Still, good dental hygiene, regular dental visits, and avoiding unnecessary pressure can lengthen the lifespan of your crowns and veneers. If you decide on either of these treatments, it’s vital to understand that they cannot be reversed. Eventually, you might need to replace broken or worn-down dental crowns or porcelain veneers.


Dental crowns vary in price, and the cost is largely dependent on:

  • The shape, size, and location of the tooth that needs to be restored
  • Your geographic location
  • Additional procedures needed before placing the crowns
  • The chosen materials used to create the crown

At Wicker Park Dental Group, we only install ceramic and zirconia crowns. Typically, the out-of-pocket cost range from $1,000 to $2,500. On the other hand, the price of porcelain veneers can range from $900 to $2,500.

Still, if you’re expecting dental insurance to cover some or all costs of your treatment—dental crowns are the better option. Typically, dental insurance won’t cover the cost of veneers because they are classified as cosmetic dentistry.

Are dental crowns or porcelain veneers right for me?

If you need to correct one tooth or multiple teeth, the Wicker Park Dental Group team of experienced dentists can guide you through deciding if dental crowns, porcelain veneers, or both could improve your smile. Call (773) 276-5566 or message us online to explore your treatment options in Chicago.

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