The first thing you need to do before you make a decision about if you want crowns or veneers is to understand what these options of restorations are and how they work. A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is bonded to the front of the tooth or teeth that you are looking to fix. Placing veneers requires the removal of a small amount of your enamel so that the veneers fit properly and look natural without altering your bite. Dental crowns are also a type of porcelain shell, but they are designed to fit over most of your tooth, which allows them to fix a number of functional issues as well as cosmetic ones. To place a crown the doctor needs to shape your tooth so that the crown can fit over it and sit naturally among your other teeth.
If you still aren’t sure about porcelain veneers or crowns, you might need to consider the different situations that each restoration is designed to solve. Porcelain veneers are a good option for cosmetic restorations that don’t affect the function of your teeth. This includes issues like stain discolorations, minor chips or cracks, damage to the enamel, minor misalignment’s, and short or widely spaced teeth. Dental crowns can fix all of these problems, but are also an effective option when the function of your tooth has been compromised. For example, a tooth that has broken or cracked due to trauma or decay can be repaired by a crown but not by a veneer. Crowns are also useful for building up teeth that are causing problems with your bite and for supporting and protecting a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
Both porcelain veneers and dental crowns are a lifelong commitment, so it’s important to consider your options carefully. Once your tooth has been prepped for one of these restorations, you will need to keep the restoration in place to protect your tooth. The lifespan of your restorations will depend greatly on your dedication to dental hygiene and regular dental visits. Both veneers and crowns are made of stain-resistant porcelain, but without proper care, the porcelain can still become discolored, and restorations cannot be bleached like natural teeth can. You should also use caution when eating to avoid biting down on hard substances. Habits like chewing nails or pencils could also damage your restoration. Both of these options also work well to turn your smile into the one you have dreamed of.
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