Smile Series I

This article is Part one on a series on better smiles and what dentists can do to help you have a nice set of teeth. We will be covering topics such as implants, dentures, Invisalign amongst others.

Part I: Veneers and Crowns

Each day I have patients who come to me wanting to have “nicer looking” teeth. There are many ways dentists can help you achieve this goal. Smile solutions often involve cleaning, whitening, Invisalign/orthodontics, veneers/crowns.

Today we will focus on veneers and crowns. The question I am commonly asked is “What is the difference between a veneer and a crown?” A veneer covers the front part of the tooth, whereas a crown covers the entire tooth. Furthermore, a veneer is a thin custom-made porcelain shell designed to fit discreetly over the teeth, making them indistinguishable from our natural teeth. Veneers may be used for modifying the colour or position of teeth. On the other hand, crowns cover or cap the entire tooth, restoring them to their natural size, shape, and colour. They are needed when there is a need to strengthen teeth that are mechanically weakened (e.g. teeth with large cavities).

Veneers and crowns can improve the appearance of your teeth in the following situations:

  • Discolored teeth due to root canal treatment, stains from medication, excessive fluoride or other causes, or large resin fillings that have resulted in the tooth being discoloured
  • Worn down teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Uneven, misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

Often, in as little as two appointments you can achieve your nice smile result.

It is always best to schedule an appointment with your dental professional for a consultation for a proper diagnosis.


Before and After photos of a patient who presented with chipped, worn, stained, discoloured teeth. In two appointments, she left with her perfect smile.