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Veneers Vs. Crowns

Posted by Dr. John Gonzalez on Nov 6 2019, 06:24 AM

Veneers Vs. Crowns

Everyone longs for a beautiful and refreshing smile. Cosmetic and restorative smile improvements such as dental crowns and veneers have long helped thousands of patients get back the smile they’ve always longed for. Crowns are a permanent solution to missing teeth that are supported by dental implants. Veneers restore minor to moderate teeth discrepancies. But how do you decide which one would be suitable for your case? Let’s find out more about these dental solutions. 

Dental Veneers

Veneers are thin layers made of porcelain, which is bonded to cover the front of a tooth. It also covers teeth discoloration and corrects any irregular contours or chips. Porcelain veneers are used in filling spaces between teeth, cover broken teeth, or fix any positioning issues that might cause a problem with the actual bite.

Veneers are customized for each person. They imitate the natural teeth, so they are virtually undetectable from their surrounding natural teeth. An essential property of veneers they are made of porcelain; they do not get stained, also providing enough strength and resilience.

Veneers are a very conservative solution to restore a smile as none of the original teeth is harmed in the procedure. The minute thin layers of tooth enamel are removed, as it makes space for the veneers to be placed correctly on the remaining enamel. In the area between the natural tooth and the veneer, a light-sensitive resin is applied. A special light is used in hardening the resin as it creates a bond between the tooth and the veneer, which is irreversible.

Veneers can be maintained just like natural teeth by regular brushing and flossing. You might face some sensitivity during the first week of the treatment due to the removal of tooth enamel.

Crowns

Crowns are applied by considering the degree of damage to the tooth. They are an aggressive solution to compromised teeth. The dentist uses a crown, which is a “cap” that helps in covering the entire tooth up to the gum line. It helps in restoring the tooth to its normal function, size, and shape. It helps the tooth to get stronger by improving the way it looks.  

A crown is customized and colored to make it look like a natural tooth. The material called porcelain, which is used in making the crown, can be easily shaped into any form, so it perfectly mimics the natural tooth function.

A porcelain crown is usually used as an option in cases when the natural tooth gets wholly destroyed due to decay, and only a tooth reconstruction is an adequate option for it. Crowns are also used in situations like an accident where teeth severely break. Sometimes it might be your habits, such as teeth grinding, which can make the teeth worn down. In such cases, crowns act as an ideal solution that helps in restoring the tooth and a proper bite as well.

Crowns are to be maintained by regular brushing and flossing.

Which is the right treatment for you?

Both are excellent solutions to have a healthy and stunning smile. After the discussion and dental examination, the dentist will determine the right treatment for you. 

 Find the best remedy to your dental problem by requesting an appointment with Dr. Gonzalez at (310) 820-7272 in Los Angeles, CA.

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