What are the differences between veneers and dental crowns?
Two of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments in Miami, FL are dental crowns and porcelain veneers. While these restorations can treat similar dental flaws, they are different in many ways.
Dental crowns restore weakened, decayed, or broken teeth and work with dental implants. The strong porcelain material protects and encases the tooth, preventing further damage or decay.
Dental crowns can also correct aesthetic teeth flaws that are too severe for cosmetic treatments like dental bonding or teeth whitening. For example, if a tooth’s structure is already weakened by a crack, it may also be unsightly, especially if visible when smiling. The tooth may also be susceptible to further breakage.
A dental crown can not only protect the tooth, but restore its natural appearance. A dentist can match a dental crown’s shade to your other teeth’s color, making the cosmetic dental flaw invisible.
Veneers are ultra-thin porcelain shells that fit over the fronts of your teeth, rather than the entire tooth. Veneers work well for front teeth that are chipped, discolored, or misshapen or any row of teeth that could benefit from more uniformity.
In contrast to dental crowns, dentists prefer using veneers on healthy teeth. While your dentist needs to remove some tooth structure for a dental veneer, it’s not nearly as much as required for a dental crown.
For more information about dental crowns or veneers, contact Radiant Smiles Family Dental and we will be glad to help.