Comparing Porcelain Veneers and Dental Crowns

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Both porcelain dental veneers and dental crowns are tried and true methods for tooth restoration. Both are cosmetic dentistry treatments that can enhance your natural smile and protect your teeth. Deciding on which one is right for you depends on a few factors, as each patient is unique and has different needs. Dr. V. Lynn Morgan is a Severna Park, MD dentist who offers personalized cosmetic dental care to help patients achieve their best smile.

Veneers Are Good For Addressing Minor Cosmetic Issues

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of the affected teeth, instantly transforming your smile without major orthodontic work. They can correct the color, shape, and spacing of your teeth. Dental veneers can close small spaces between your teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth or whiten stained teeth. Maybe your teeth are chipped or are showing signs of wear? Porcelain veneers can protect them from further damage while also restoring their appearance in a way that looks and feels natural.

Veneers are a more conservative treatment because they require less of the tooth to be prepared prior to treatment. In most cases, only a thin layer of tooth enamel is removed from the front of the tooth. This makes veneers good for aesthetic problems such as discoloration and crooked teeth.

Dental Crowns Repair Significantly Damaged Teeth

While porcelain veneers can offer protection to the teeth, if you have a tooth damaged by tooth decay or injury, a dental crown is often a better choice. Dental crowns are designed to fit on top of a damaged tooth to protect the tissue inside. The crown is cemented on top of the tooth to hold it together and preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible.

Dental crowns are constructed of durable materials such as porcelain, resin, or a composite material that is strong enough to endure biting and chewing. After a crown is cemented to the top of the tooth, it becomes part of the tooth, allowing you to return to full functionality.

Maintaining Crowns vs. Veneers

Both veneers and crowns have similar lifespans, around 10 to 15 years with proper care. Porcelain veneers are strong and securely bonded to the teeth, but they can still break and may need replacement over time.

Dental crowns are also subject to breaking due to normal wear and tear or too much pressure placed on them. Maintaining a good oral hygiene regimen, including regular checkups with your dentist, can keep your cosmetic or restorative treatment lasting a long time.

Crowns and veneers do not require extra care beyond brushing and flossing to keep the remaining natural teeth healthy.

Restorative Dentistry Consultation in Severna Park, MD

Dr. Morgan offers consultations to discuss your dental concerns and evaluate your oral health. We look forward to meeting your needs and goals for your smile and helping you enjoy the lifelong benefits of good oral health. To schedule your appointment, request an appointment online or call our office at (410) 415-9015.