A dental crown is typically a restorative treatment while veneers are cosmetic
Improving the health and appearance of your teeth is now an easy and straightforward process with modern dentistry. You have a variety of aesthetically pleasing long-lasting options to improve your smile without hassle or complications.
Dental crowns are usually used as a restorative treatment
Restorative dentistry has come a long way in providing patients with solutions that not only protect your teeth but also blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Dentists now use porcelain to match the shade and colour of your teeth so no one will notice you’ve had dental work done.
When would I need a dental crown?
A dental crown is used if a tooth is weakened structurally. For example, if you’ve had a particularly large filling or root canal therapy a dental crown is usually the best way to protect the treated tooth.
The process for dental crowns is a three-step process. The first appointment is your check-up and clean. Your second appointment is when the tooth will be prepared for the dental crown and a temporary crown placed. The final appointment is where the temporary crown is replaced with the more permanent dental crown.
Before dental crowns are placed, your dentist may recommend having your teeth whitened. This is because the dental crown is colour-matched to your teeth, and porcelain dental crown won’t be affected by teeth whitening.
When would I need a veneer?
Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for concealing minor imperfections such as chips, cracks as well as improving the colour and shape of a tooth. Veneers are placed on the teeth in the smile zone: the six upper and lower teeth visible when you smile.
The process for porcelain veneers is similar to dental crowns. They take three steps, and during your initial consultation, your dentist will ask you about having your teeth whitened prior to treatment. If you do choose to have your teeth whitened, this will add an extra appointment to the process. However, whitening your teeth before placing porcelain restorations will have great aesthetic benefits.
So, which is better for you, a dental crown or veneers?
For cosmetically enhancing your smile, porcelain veneers can reshape your teeth and conceal imperfections all while brightening your smile. Dental crowns protect a damaged or treated tooth, all while seamlessly blending in with your remaining teeth.
If you would like to know more about our cosmetic and restorative treatments or to request an appointment, please contact us today.