There are two great cosmetic dentistry options available to restore teeth and enhance your smile: porcelain veneers and dental crowns. Although both treatments serve similar functions, it is important to understand the differences between them.
A dental crown is typically a porcelain tooth covering made to conceal damage or discoloration while adding strength. The restoration is crafted to match the surrounding natural teeth in shape and color. Once a dental crown is placed, it is virtually undetectable.
Why Choose a Dental Crown?
Over time a bright, youthful smile tends to change. The effects of such factors as age, decay, teeth grinding, root canal therapy, and cracked fillings can take a toll on the look of your teeth. A dental crown can repair the damage that a traditional tooth filling cannot handle. There are three types of dental crowns:
- Porcelain: This tooth-colored material is typically used to repair front teeth.
- Gold: Extra strong and durable, gold is commonly used on back teeth.
- Porcelain Fused to Metal: This dental crown type can be affixed anywhere in the mouth. It provides the aesthetic appeal of porcelain with the added strength of the metal.
A veneer is a thin, tooth-colored porcelain material that is applied over a tooth to restore the shape or color. To secure the bond, a small portion of the enamel needs to be removed before the veneer can be applied.
Why Get a Dental Veneer?
Porcelain veneers are created to correct some of the common teeth problems such as discoloration, gaps, broken or chipped teeth, and misalignments. Two types of dental veneers are available:
- Indirect Dental Veneer: Crafted in a dental laboratory, this type of veneer is made of either porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain material conceals stains better, but resin is less invasive, and its application is easier. Both types of veneers are strong and durable and will require two dentist visits.
- Direct Dental Veneer: The application of this type of dental veneer is more labor and time intensive, and results are less predictable than with indirect veneers.