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How Are Crowns and Porcelain Veneers Different?

May 6, 2016

porcelain veneers in beaumontWhile dental crowns and porcelain veneers can make similar changes to teeth, they’re separate treatments used for different reasons. Crowns restore the form and function of a damaged tooth, while porcelain veneers enhance only the form of cosmetically flawed teeth. What does that mean for you and your smile? Your dentist in Beaumont, Dr. Michael R. Olson, explains.

Porcelain Veneers for Cosmetic Improvements

The number one thing to remember about the difference between porcelain veneers and dental crowns is this: veneers are reserved for making cosmetic improvements to imperfect teeth. That means they’ll only be applied to the front teeth, or those that show when you smile. If your imperfection results in a weak tooth, or one that requires strengthening in addition to aesthetic improvements, you’ll need a dental crown.

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin coverings that your cosmetic dentist in Beaumont bonds securely onto the front surface of teeth. They can correct a number of cosmetic issues, including the following.

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Slightly misaligned or gapped teeth
  • Teeth that are misshapen, like those that appear very pointy or too short
  • Stained or discolored teeth that haven’t responded to professional teeth whitening

Adults who are in good dental and oral health are typically good candidates for the porcelain veneer treatment. Instances of decay or gum disease should be treated before beginning any cosmetic treatment.

Dental Crowns Restore Strength, Improve Appearance

For teeth that have sustained damage that affects their function, dental crowns are often the best solution. A dental crown is a thin tooth-shaped covering that fits tightly  around the damaged tooth. The treatment is used in the following situations.

  • Restoring a severely damaged or decayed tooth
  • Holding together parts of a broken tooth
  • As a restoration on top of a dental implant
  • Permanently restoring a tooth after root canal therapy

The treatments for porcelain veneers and dental crowns will both be completed in two or three visits to the West End Dental Group. For both, the initial appointment is reserved for preparing teeth for their new restoration(s) and putting together the treatment plan. In between the first and second appointments, your new device(s) will be created in our trusted dental lab. In most cases, you’ll return to our office for the final placement once your porcelain veneers or dental crown is ready!

Contact West End Dental Group Today!

If you’re interested in improving your smile with dental crowns or porcelain veneers in Beaumont, please don’t wait to get in touch with us! We’ll discuss your options and help you select the treatment that’s right for your smile. Request your appointment online today.

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