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Many of our patients in the West Chester, PA area come to us at Briglia Dental Group wondering how to address imperfections in their smiles. Porcelain veneers and dental crowns are two different solutions that can achieve similar results, so how do you know which one is right? Below, we will look at the similarities and differences between these two cosmetic enhancements to help you decide.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are custom designed to cover the front of your teeth and disguise various imperfections. Once in place, the veneers become a permanent part of the smile, fixing teeth that are cracked, chipped, misaligned, worn down, discolored, or abnormally spaced
Veneers can handle most of the most common teeth imperfections including general wear and tear. As we age, our tooth enamel becomes worn and discolored. While this is often genetic, consumption of dark foods and beverages, certain medications, and smoking can also cause the erosion of enamel and discoloration. As teeth become more worn down, they are also more prone to chips and cracks.
Veneers can also be used for the following problems:
Dental crowns are custom fabricated porcelain caps that are designed to look like a natural tooth. They cover the entire visible structure of the tooth above the gumline and are cemented in place to strengthen a tooth, preserve natural function, and enhance the appearance.
Dental crowns can be used for both cosmetic and restorative purposes. They may be recommended in the following situations:
Porcelain is used in veneers and crowns because it is a strong material that possesses many of the same characteristics of tooth enamel. Porcelain is more natural looking than other materials because it is translucent and mimics the light reflecting properties of natural tooth enamel. Additionally, porcelain is resistant to stains, so your smile will stay whiter longer.
Maintaining porcelain veneers and crowns is as simple as caring for your natural teeth. Routine brushing and flossing with a non-abrasive toothbrush can keep your teeth healthy. It is also important to maintain regular dental exams and cleanings so the integrity of the veneers or crown can be evaluated, and x-rays can be used to check the condition of the tooth.
Patients who consistently grind or clench their teeth may want to consider a night guard to prevent the veneers or crown cracking or chipping.
A beautiful smile can be yours thanks to dental veneers or crowns. If you are in the West Chester, PA area and would like to learn more about them, call Briglia Dental Group at (610) 615 0160.
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