If your smile is suffering from discolored, cracked or aged teeth, there are great solutions to make it beautiful again! Porcelain crowns and veneers can transform your teeth quickly and effectively making you wonder why you waited for treatment. Unsure which option is best for you? While porcelain crowns and veneers offer many of the same advantages, let’s take a closer look at these improvement choices.
A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain material that covers the surface of a tooth to improve or correct the tooth’s shape and color. Porcelain veneers are fabricated in a dental laboratory and are used for excellent stain correction and strength.
Advantages of Porcelain Veneers
- Ideal to improve the color, shape and size, and overall appearance of teeth
- Veneers can help fix spaces between teeth, improve poorly shaped teeth, and repair the look of broken or chipped teeth
- Veneers are very durable, thin, and strong when bonded to the surface of teeth
- Porcelain veneers are best for healthy teeth without decay or active gum disease and teeth that are mildly discolored, short or smiles that have gaps between teeth
- Porcelain veneers last many, many years when they are taken care of with regular dental care
Things to Consider with Porcelain Veneers
- Veneers require a small amount of each tooth’s surface to be removed, which is done in a quick and painless procedure
- Placement of veneers takes about two visits at the dentist office
- Porcelain veneers tend to be a bit more expensive as placement requires expertise and time
- Veneers last a long time when they are taken care of by regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups
A dental crown is made of porcelain and improves the strength of teeth while hiding damage. Made in the same color and shape as your natural teeth, crowns are virtually invisible once they are in place. Dental crowns provide repair and strength for damaged, cracked or discolored teeth.
Advantages of Porcelain Crowns
- Ideal to improve or replace severely damaged teeth or teeth weakened by filling, root canals, and decay
- Porcelain crowns are made to look like natural teeth and are perfect for correcting the front teeth
- Crowns improve colors, shape and size, and appearance of teeth
- Used for cosmetic and restorative dentistry, crowns preserve and restore the function of teeth
- Crowns are excellent for teeth that have been worn down by teeth grinding
- Porcelain crowns can last many years when they are taken care of with regular dental care
Things to Consider with Porcelain Crowns
- Crowns are often used to repair the tooth’s structure and is placed over, and completely surround, the tooth
- Porcelain crowns are best suited for teeth that have lost structure from decay or trauma, including root canals
- Placement of porcelain crowns takes about two weeks although your teeth will be protected using temporary crowns during the process
- Porcelain crowns cost about the same as porcelain veneers, maybe a little less expensive
- Porcelain crowns require consistent home care and regular dental checkups
Looking into options to improve your smile? Contact us! We can evaluate your teeth and oral health to recommend the choice that will work the very best for you.