Porcelain veneers vs zirconia crowns

As a part of cosmetic dentistry, porcelain laminate veneers and zirconia crowns are the top options to build a perfect smile. But deciding about which one is the right for you could be confusing.

What is a porcelain veneer?

Veneer is a thin layer of material placed on the teeth to improve the aesthetic of the smile. There are two types of veneer materials, composite and porcelain veneers. Due to its natural appearance and durability porcelain laminate veneers used for smile makeover.

What is a zirconia crown?

A crown is a dental cap that is bonded to the tooth with dental cement to improve the durability and appearance of the teeth. There are several types of materials used to make a crown. The most popular type is porcelain-coated zirconia veneers. Due to the strength of zirconia and the natural appearance of natural-looking porcelain, zirconia crowns are used in smile design.

Which one is right for you, porcelain veneers or zirconia crowns?

1. Advantages and disadvantages comparison 

Before deciding which one is right for you should know advantages and disadvantages of each treatment to the other. Veneers applied to the front surface of the tooth, but crowns encircle your tooth. This difference causes some advantages and disadvantages for each case

Porcelain veneers
  • Less tooth abrasion

  • Less strength
  • Eligible for only intact teeth
Zirconia crowns
  • More strength
  • Eligible for any teeth
  • More tooth abrasion

2. Which one is best for whom ?

The second point is the shape and alignment of your teeth. Before a decision you need a dental examination for your teeth alignment, your bite and damage on your teeth. After this dental examination your dentist may decide that veneers treatment is not the right option for you

Zirconia crowns is best for
Porcelain veneers is best for
  • Patient have teeth grinding problem
  • Teeth with large filling or root canal
  • Very worn or cracked teeth
  • Quite crooked teeth

  • Intact teeth with cosmetic problems
  • Teeth have small gaps between 
  • Stained teeth or shade problems


Both porcelain veneers and zirconia crowns are smile makeover options that powered by the latest technologies. Either may be ideal for different cases. After a detailed dental examination you will find the right one for you.

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