Dental crowns and porcelain veneers are effective treatment options for patients who want to improve their smiles. Many patients may wonder about these treatments’ differences because they can cover teeth and address problems like tooth damage. Knowing the differences and similarities between crowns and veneers can allow patients to understand which option can be right for their needs. We’re here to help patients in our office, whether they require restorative or cosmetic dentistry services in East Cobb, GA. Below we will examine veneers and dental crowns and their particular uses for patients with damaged or discolored teeth.
Porcelain Veneers Address Aesthetics
Dental veneers are thin shells made of porcelain ceramic. Veneers can cover single teeth or all of the teeth in the smile line to create a brighter, more balanced smile. We typically recommend dental veneers for patients with deep tooth stains, gaps between teeth, and even slightly crooked teeth. Dental veneers are more cosmetic treatments as they only cover the teeth and do not improve tooth function.
Veneers are longer-lasting alternatives to treatments like dental bonding because they require preparation. Before even taking impressions for the veneers, we will etch into the tooth enamel to roughen the tooth’s surface and ensure the veneers fit properly. Because of the preparation process, patients must be prepared to wear veneers or similar treatments to cover their teeth.
Dental Crowns Restore Teeth
Tooth crowns are caps that fully cover single teeth. Crowns can address tooth fractures and large fillings and can even cover dental implants. Dental crowns are restoartions that add structure to worn teeth, replace missing teeth, and help improve the bite. Unlike veneers, crowns are not solely aesthetic treatments, although they improve the appearance of teeth that are worn or discolored.
Like veneers, dental crowns use tooth-colored materials like porcelain. Other materials used for crowns can include metal or metal fused to porcelain. However, traditional metal crowns are more noticeable, even if they are on the back teeth. Our porcelain crowns blend in with the smile’s natural appearance. We also color-match the crowns to ensure they look as natural as possible. Dental crowns also require preparation. Preparing a tooth for a crown will ensure the crown is cemented in place and does not feel loose or uncomfortable.
No matter your dental needs, you can receive restorative and cosmetic care at Sea of Pearls Dental Boutique. Call our office for treatment today at 470.431.1580. You can also request a dental consultation with Dr. Daniela Lemoine online. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about your dental treatment options. We’re here to help you.