What’s the Difference Between Crowns and Veneers?

Cosmetic Dentistry Bismarck, Garrison, NDWe spend so much time talking about teeth and how they can improve self-confidence, but the truth is there’s so much more to teeth than giving you a good-looking smile. We’re all for improving your smile, in fact, but today we’re going to talk about two ways dental health and cosmetic choices can combine to give you a healthy and beautiful smile.

We’ve had so many patients come to us with serious dental issues like broken teeth, weak teeth, or even missing teeth. Sometimes it’s been a while since the damage was done before they come see us. They figure if it’s not hurting, then it can’t be a big deal. Nothing could be further from the truth. Teeth can affect so much more than aesthetics, so if you have a dental issue like a chipped or missing tooth keep reading to learn about your options. Depending on what has happened, a crown or a veneer might be a good choice for you.


A crown is an overall covering for a damaged tooth. Often, a tooth requires a crown when it has been through a major trauma, like a sports injury or a root canal. A large portion of the tooth is shaved down to create a good base for the crown, which is permanently placed over the remaining tooth. Crowns can help strengthen a weak tooth and protect it from further damage.


Veneers are similar to crowns, but are often used in more cosmetic situations. They require less loss of tooth generally, but still cover the tooth to give it a beautiful appearance. Veneers can be used to fill in gaps between teeth, and cover cracked, chipped, or discolored teeth.

If you’ve experienced a dental issue that seems purely cosmetic, it’s a good idea to come in and assess the damage before too much time passes. You never know how a small issue might really have an impact on your dental health down the road.

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Losing or damaging your teeth can be a troubling experience and can cause more issues down the road. If you’re interested in a crown or veneer to help support a damaged tooth, contact us at (701) 222-1800 for our Bismarck office or (701) 463-2884 for our Garrison office today.

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