Crowns vs. Veneers: Navigating Your Dental Restoration Options


When it comes to dental restorations, choosing the right option can significantly impact both the aesthetics and functionality of your smile. At Laser Dental Bakersfield, Dr. Jeannie Molato and her team specialize in providing personalized dental care, including both crowns and veneers. Understanding the differences between these two options is crucial in making an informed decision that aligns with your dental health goals.

Understanding Dental Crowns and Veneers

Dental Crowns: A comprehensive overview of dental crowns, including their purpose, materials used (such as porcelain, ceramic, and metal), and the process of fitting a crown. Highlight how crowns encapsulate the entire tooth, restoring its shape, size, strength, and appearance.

Dental Veneers: Describe veneers as thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth. Discuss the materials typically used, like porcelain, and the focus on improving the aesthetic appearance of teeth, including color, shape, size, or length.

Comparing Crowns and Veneers

Indications for Use: Dive into the scenarios where crowns or veneers may be recommended. For instance, crowns are often used for teeth that are significantly damaged or decayed, need a root canal, or require a bridge. Veneers are typically chosen for cosmetic enhancements, such as correcting minor misalignments, discolorations, or gaps between teeth.

Procedure and Preparation: Outline the process for each option, noting that crowns usually require more tooth structure removal than veneers. Discuss the number of dental visits typically needed for each and any temporary measures taken between appointments.

Durability and Care: Compare the lifespan and maintenance requirements of crowns versus veneers. Mention how proper care can extend the life of both restorations and the importance of good oral hygiene practices.

Cost Consideration: Without specifying prices, discuss how the choice between crowns and veneers can also be influenced by cost, insurance coverage, and the long-term investment in dental health.

Making the Right Choice for Your Smile

Consultation and Customization: Emphasize the importance of a personalized consultation with Dr. Molato to discuss individual needs, aesthetic goals, and dental health conditions. Highlight how Laser Dental Bakersfield uses the latest technology for precise customization and fitting.

Aesthetic Goals vs. Functional Needs: Help readers understand how their primary motivation (cosmetic improvement vs. structural tooth repair) can guide their choice between veneers and crowns.

Long-Term Dental Health Planning: Discuss how choosing between a crown and a veneer is part of a broader long-term dental health plan. Dr. Molato can provide insights into how each option fits into maintaining or improving overall oral health.


Choosing between dental crowns and veneers is a decision that impacts not just the appearance of your smile but its health and functionality. At Laser Dental Bakersfield, Dr. Jeannie Molato is committed to guiding patients through this decision-making process with expertise and compassion. By considering factors such as the extent of tooth damage, aesthetic goals, and budget, patients can make an informed choice that best suits their dental health needs and lifestyle.


  1. American Dental Association (ADA): Offers comprehensive guidelines and information on dental restorations, including crowns and veneers.
  2. Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry: Provides research and studies comparing the longevity, patient satisfaction, and clinical outcomes of crowns versus veneers.
  3. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR): Shares evidence-based practices for dental restorations and patient care standards.

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Dr. Jeannie Molato, DMD – Top Dentist in Bakersfield, CA

The art and science of dentistry has become my career’s passion. I can utilize my artistic passion and skill to give my patients smiles they have always dreamed of. I am also able to relieve my patients of their pain and discomfort, restore function to better their quality of life and educate the patients how to take care and maintain their oral health.