Are you unhappy with your front teeth?

Your front teeth are the first part of your smile people see. If they are chipped, discolored, or uneven, you may not feel confident when you smile. If you’re looking for a faster solution than an orthodontic procedure, ask your dentist if porcelain veneers or crowns would be a good option for you.

About Veneers & Crowns

A veneer is a very thin layer of shaded dental glass, custom-shaped to the outside of your tooth. Veneers are a long lasting cosmetic solution to give you the perfect smile. They can improve the color, shape, and spacing of your teeth, and cover up any chips or cracks bothering you.

Veneer tooth shaping usually involves minor enamel removal. Another common veneer option for selected patient cases is the Lumineers technique, which involves very limited, or many times no enamel removal.

With the typical veneer technique, the sides and biting edge of your tooth may need to be altered. The back side of the tooth facing the roof of the mouth, known as the palate side, remains unaltered for the most part.

Veneers involve less tooth removal than full crowns. When indicated, they’re also relatively fast, with quicker results than an orthodontic solution like Invisalign.

Veneers are not ideal if you already have large fillings in these teeth. Veneers may also not be right for you if you grind and clench your teeth. If any of these criteria apply to you, crowns may be the better alternative. Your dentist can tell you for sure.

Porcelain Veneers & Porcelain Crowns Winston Salem Dentist
Porcelain Veneers & Porcelain Crowns Winston Salem Dentist

Crowns are a good option if your whole tooth needs added protection, not just the front side.

Porcelain crowns have virtually eliminated metal crowns. Now crowns are commonly made of lithium disilicate or zirconia. With improvements over time, they are very esthetically pleasing and are certainly much stronger than other past porcelains.

If your teeth need more protection, crowns reduce the amount of area of your tooth vulnerable to decay. This area is called the margin, where the porcelain meets the natural tooth. The margin of a crown is a small oval located at the neck of your tooth, at or just below your gum-line.

In contrast, the margin of a veneer traces the outline of the tooth’s face and goes behind the tooth toward its biting edge. Veneers leave a much larger area of your tooth vulnerable to decay. If you are more susceptible to decay because of your diet or dental hygiene, we recommend crowns over veneers.

When do you recommend the use of orthodontic procedures over veneers or crowns?

If your teeth are far out of alignment, orthodontics may be a better option than veneers. In fact, in some rare cases, we may require orthodontic work before you’re cleared for veneers or crowns.

Do you have more questions about veneers or crowns? Please don’t hesitate to call our office and set up an appointment today at 336-765-3357.

Your comfort comes first here at Distinctively Dental, let us show you how.