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Fast facts: differences between crowns and porcelain veneers

January 19, 2016

crownsIf you’ve got damaged teeth, you’ve probably learned one thing by now — there are a lot of options for restoring your smile. But how can you keep your choices straight? Dr. Boyd and the team at West 7th Smiles are here to help. One common question our patients have is about the difference between crowns and porcelain veneers, two of the wonderful treatments offered at our office. Keep reading to learn about these procedures, how they differ from each other and which may be the best option for you and your smile!

Crowns and porcelain veneers have a few key differences

Dental crowns and porcelain veneers are both wonderful solutions for damaged teeth, but knowing which one is right for you will depend on a few things, including the location and extent of your dental damage.

Dental crowns restore function and appearance of damaged teeth

You might say dental crowns are one of the most versatile options for restoring teeth. That’s because they can repair significant damage while also restoring the appearance of your natural front and back teeth.

Dental crowns are thin shells, often made of porcelain or ceramic that cover your entire tooth. They fit directly over the damaged tooth, effectively “crowning” it to restore its function and protect it from further problems. Crowns are strong enough to withstand the pressure of chewing, so they’re just fine for back teeth — but they do require significant preparation of the natural tooth, so once you’ve got a crown, there’s no going back.

Porcelain veneers give you back the look you want

While dental crowns allow you to chew and bite just like you always have, porcelain veneers mainly restore the appearance of damaged teeth. For otherwise healthy front teeth that have been chipped, cracked, broken or severely stained, porcelain veneers can be a true lifesaver.

Ultra-thin coverings made of porcelain, veneers are securely bonded directly onto the front surface of damaged teeth that show when you smile — quickly restoring their shape, color and overall appearance. Porcelain veneers require less tooth preparation that dental crowns, meaning more of your natural tooth stays intact.

Ready to restore your tooth? Get in touch with us today!

Now that you’ve got a better idea of the difference between these two common restoration procedures, please don’t wait to get in touch with West 7th Smiles to schedule your appointment with Dr. Boyd! Why don’t you book your visit online today?

We can’t wait to help you access the tooth restoration that’s just right for you and your smile!

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