Over the course of our lifetime, our teeth can naturally become chipped or worn away. Unfortunately, discolouration and uneven teeth can leave you with a smile you are no longer excited to share with the world. Sadly, some people’s self-esteem is negatively impacted so much, they stop smiling altogether. Thankfully, there are a variety of cosmetic dental treatments available to rebuild your smile and give you a grin to be proud of.
Dental Crowns and Porcelain Veneers are among the top choices when it comes to re-designing a flawless smile. How do you know which route to take? The following information can help you discover the differences between these popular treatments.
If you have no bite issues and want to erase some of the unwanted features of your smile, porcelain veneers may be the right choice. They are often applied to patients who suffer from uneven, cracked or chipped teeth. They are capable of instantly transforming a yellowed or discoloured smile.
Porcelain veneers are specifically colour-matched in order to flawlessly blend with the natural translucency and shade of your tooth enamel. They are reputed to last for over a decade and can be a worthy investment. Additionally, this is a stain resistant product so you can enjoy a whiter and more radiant smile.
Custom Designed Porcelain Veneers For Your Teeth
Thin porcelain veneers are custom constructed to your teeth. Porcelain is a choice material because it closely resembles the properties of your natural enamel. It is a durable material that can withstand the brunt of normal daily wear. Veneers are utilised to hide tooth discolouration, damage or certain alignment issues.
How Porcelain Veneers Are Applied
Similar to painting a smooth surface, your teeth need to be roughed up prior to the veneer application so that the bond can properly stick to the teeth. This process involves removing approximately 0.5 to 1mm of enamel surface; therefore, it is an irreversible process.
Next, a mould of your teeth is created and used to customise veneers that will fit. The following appointment, the dentist will conduct a thorough exam to ensure that the veneers are aligned correctly. Additional trimming or shaping can be completed in order to make sure the new veneers are comfortable and smooth. Once the exact fit has been determined, the dentist will provide a complete cleaning. Lastly, a composite resin is used to permanently bond the veneers to the teeth.
When Veneers Are Not the Best Choice
If your reason for undergoing cosmetic reconstruction is due to chipping, wearing or bite issues, it is vital to fix the underlying problem first. Otherwise, you will simply be putting veneers overtop of a longstanding issue. This can be expensive and time consuming if your dental habits continue. You could potentially end up chipping your new veneers down the road.
Dental Crowns vs. Porcelain Veneers
You might go to the dentist expecting to leave with a veneer appointment, only to find out that orthodontics or crowns may be recommended instead. The best treatment to replenish your smile will be based on specific criteria including: gum health, teeth layout and overall structure of the teeth. Your dentist will want to provide you with the longest lasting solution possible and will need to take all oral aspects into consideration prior to determining which route suits your needs best.
If the main reason you are considering crowns or veneers is to enhance the brilliance of your smile, you may opt to try an in-practice whitening procedure first. Many dentists prefer to incorporate a whitening routine prior to applying veneers to help remove extremely dark stains. Intensive teeth staining and discolouration can actually show through the porcelain veneer shell.
Porcelain Dental Crowns
Crowns are used to cover an extremely damaged tooth that is unrepairable. They are often the treatment of choice when fixing brittle, broken and excessively decayed teeth. A mould is taken of the original tooth. The porcelain crown is carefully constructed to fit securely over the damaged tooth. Porcelain crowns are exceptionally durable and look as natural as the rest of your teeth in your mouth.
Average Lifetime of Crowns and Veneers
Although they are considered by many to be a “permanent solution,” the average lifespan of a veneer or crown is between ten to fifteen years. The porcelain material is strong; however, any issue that is capable of cracking your natural tooth can also fracture the porcelain.
The best thing to do is book a consultation with the us at Bridgford Dental Practice. If you suffer from grinding issues that are happening while you sleep, a simple mouth guard can help protect your teeth. We will take your lifestyle into account and determine whether porcelain crowns or veneers will compliment your teeth the best.