The Differences Between Porcelain Veneers and Crowns

Porcelain veneers and dental crowns can restore many of the same issues with your teeth, so how do you know which one is right for you? Before you decide, it is important to learn the benefits of both and then weigh the options with us to help you decide the best way to help you get the smile that you love back once again.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are placed on the front of your teeth and are mainly for cosmetic purposes. If you have unsightly stains on your teeth that cannot be helped with tooth whitening, minor chips, cracks or wide spaces in between your teeth, porcelain veneers can help. The majority of your tooth is left intact when placing veneers; we simply need to remove a small portion of the enamel in order to allow the veneer to fit naturally and comfortably in your mouth. This is a non-invasive procedure that allows you to easily perfect the appearance of your teeth.

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns are similar to veneers, but they restore the function of the tooth as well as its appearance because the crown covers a majority of the tooth, not just the front surface. Crowns are commonly used when excessive decay or erosion has ruined the function of the tooth or when trauma occurs or to one or more teeth. The porcelain crown helps to restore the beauty of the tooth, while also allowing it to be used like your natural tooth without any discomfort.

Caring for Veneers and Crowns

Before you make the commitment to have porcelain veneers or crowns placed in your mouth, it is important to understand the commitment of either choice. Both solutions require proper dental hygiene as well as regular visits to our office. Just like your natural teeth, porcelain veneers and crowns can stain or become unsightly if not properly cared for on a daily basis. The problem that people face is that these restoration techniques cannot be whitened, even by a professional, so proper precautions need to be in place to ensure that they are not ruined or they will eventually need replacement.

Porcelain veneers and crowns are a great way to restore your smile and/or the function of your teeth. If you have issues with your mouth, such as cracks, excessive decay, large gaps or unsightly stains, consult with us regarding your options. We can help you get your smile and the function of your damaged teeth back with ease.