Changing the appearance of a tooth can be done easily and quickly with a cosmetic crown or veneer. But, both of these restorations are very different from one another, so how do you decide which one is best? Broken down or chipped teeth will continue to wear away and break if not corrected soon enough, so making the right choice is extremely important.
Veneers cover only the front of a tooth, along with the biting edges. It is similar to having a shell of material that is bonded directly to the tooth itself. A veneer is most appropriate when only minor damage has taken place, of if the predominant concerns are simply aesthetic in nature. Gaps, rotated teeth, small chips and worn teeth can usually be correct with a veneer.
Crowns are full coverage, functional restorations. That is, they serve a purpose in restoring teeth that have either had significant decay, fractures, or some other type of impact on the health of the tooth. Making the crown out of porcelain or a similar cosmetic material allows the functional restoration to serve a dual aesthetic purpose. Your dentist will most likely recommend a crown if the tooth is unhealthy.
The process for each treatment is very similar. Most types of crowns and veneers are completed in two visits, but in select cases they may only require one appointment. Your dentist will discuss the process with you and explain what to expects. Using crowns and veneers together, you can create a huge impact on the overall appearance of your smile. Ask your dentist for a customized treatment plan.
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Carolina Comfort Dental
5511 Raeford Rd #255
Fayetteville, NC 28304
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