Do you want your cosmetic dentist to transform your smile fast while making minimal alterations to your teeth? Then Porcelain Veneers may be for you! Whether your concern is with gapped or slightly crooked front teeth porcelain veneers can often be a relatively fast way to transform your smile.
While veneers are more conservative than full porcelain crowns, and the results are faster than any orthodontic tooth movement, you must be a good fit for veneers for them to be the best option. Your dentist will know for sure and can discuss the reasons with you.
How do veneers and crowns differ?
A porcelain veneer is bonded to just the front surface of the tooth, while a crown covers the entire tooth. Veneers show less gum margin than crowns, which tends to make them the more aesthetically pleasing option.
Crowns are twice as thick as veneers (only a difference of one millimeter but still significant) and they are more permanent. However, for teeth with more extensive problems to address than stains or minor chipping, crowns are more effective.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are a dependable, affordable solution to imperfect smiles. They are thin, tooth-colored porcelain shells that cover your natural teeth. Long-lasting and natural-looking, they can protect your teeth from further damage and give you the beautiful smile you desire.
Are Veneers Right for You?
Veneers can help with any of the following issues:
- Worn down, chipped, or broken teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
Whether Dr. Taylor is helping fill in a gap, lengthening a worn-down tooth, or covering cracks or chips, veneers can give you a fuller, more symmetrical smile — one that you can show the world with confidence.
How Smile Sensations Dental Saves Cracked and Broken Teeth
One of the most common procedures here at Smile Sensations Dental is placing a crown. Dr. Taylor will place crowns to help out with many different dental health problems. Some of those include:
- Covering a dental implant
- For a cosmetic modification
- Protecting a broken tooth or one that has been severely worn down
- Covering misshapen or severely discolored teeth
- Protecting a weak tooth from decay or holding parts of a cracked tooth together
- Restoring an already broken tooth from further damage
- Holding in a dental bridge
What Are Crowns Made From?
Crowns are made from different types of material. Early in dentistry, crowns were made from metals and stainless steel. Here at Smile Sensations Dental, we use porcelain crowns. The reason that we recommend porcelain is because of its strength and cosmetic appeal. Porcelain provides a better color match than other materials. It is also better for persons who have metal allergies.
Some patients who need at least 8 to 10 veneers may get by with the no-preparation Lumineers technique, but most patients will require some enamel re-contouring to deliver a proper looking and functioning set of veneers. Regardless the whole purpose of doing veneers instead of full crowns, is that veneers are more conservative with regard to tooth preparation. So then, why do people even need crowns if veneers preserve tooth structure?
If your teeth already contain large fillings, you are a tooth grinder or clencher, or for other individual reasons that your dentist may discuss with you, then full crowns may be your only good long-term predictable option.
Modern Day Porcelain Materials
Available since the mid-2000’s there are stronger new porcelains which are constantly being improved over time. When zirconia and lithium disilicate (E-Max) porcelains came to the forefront in dentistry, they greatly reduced, if not almost eliminated, the need for metal in crowns. The porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crown still exists, but its usage has been rapidly declining year after year.
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