You know your teeth need a makeover, but with so many choices available, how do you choose the right restoration method? Two of the most popular and effective dental options are porcelain veneers and crowns. They both can restore teeth to a beautiful and enhanced look for years of great, natural-looking results. In order to choose the right method, you need to understand the differences between crowns and veneers.
Let’s Talk About Veneers
Cosmetic veneers are basically a thin layer of either ceramic or composite resin filling matched to fit your tooth for a seamless look. Since it’s tooth-colored, it will blend in naturally with the rest of your teeth while improving the shape and color of your tooth. The process is fairly simple. The dentist will remove a small amount of your enamel in order to attach the veneer with a special bond. The best news is teeth veneers can last a lifetime and can be treated just like the rest of your natural teeth.
Let’s Talk About Crowns
If you need to repair a cracked, damaged or unsightly tooth with a sturdy cover, a crown could be the best option for you. Crowns are normally made of porcelain and are placed as a protective cover to fit securely over your tooth. The crown is matched for a natural look so it will be the same color and shape as your remaining teeth. The crown repairs cosmetic issues and restores strength.
When Should I Choose Veneers?
If you’re looking to correct issues like breaks, small gaps, chips, misalignments or discoloration, cosmetic veneers are usually the best route. While teeth veneers are great for cosmetic issues, they aren’t the best choice to restore dental functionality.
When Should I Choose Crowns?
To repair cosmetic issues and restore teeth functionality, crowns are the better option. Since teeth can change and break down over a lifetime due to numerous reasons, like accidents, trauma, teeth grinding and decay, crowns can repair these damages while improving your bite and protecting your teeth from further damage.
Schedule Your Consultation
While you might have a good idea about the differences between crowns and porcelain veneers, it’s always best to consult with an experienced dentist. We encourage you to give our Leesburg office a call today to schedule a consultation and learn more.