Porcelain Veneers and Crowns
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is bonded to the front of the tooth (or multiple teeth) to help preserve and improve the aesthetics and integrity of the smile. Veneers do not replace the underlying tooth structure, rather a lab fabricated porcelain shell is constructed to be place over the front surface of the tooth. The procedure involves your dentist removing a small amount of the enamel of the existing tooth or teeth in order to ensure the veneer fits properly and looks natural against the other teeth in the mouth without altering the bite.
Why would you want a porcelain veneer?
Porcelain veneers are largely designed to be a cosmetic solution when more serious work doesn’t need to be completed on the tooth. Examples of times when a veneer might be the right solution include a chipped tooth, or one that has a minor crack through it. It might also be an option for teeth that have a gap between them, are eroded down, or have been discoloured in such a way that whitening won’t work on it. It is important to note, however, that a porcelain veneer won’t necessarily improve the functionality of the tooth. If the damage is significant enough that the tooth also needs to have functionality restored to it, then a crown might be the better option.
Dental crowns are also made of porcelain or a combination of porcelain and metal or porcelain and zirconia, but they are for more serious restoration projects. If the tooth is badly broken down or decayed, then a veneer won’t repair the damage, but a crown can restore the tooth to full function and aesthetics.
Which option is best for my teeth?
Either option will make your smile bright and even. Your dentist will discuss with you which option would work better after a first appointment. The team at Parramatta and Cabramatta Dental Studio have a long history in restoring people’s smiles using both veneers and crowns, and will be happy to talk you through the procedure and any other questions you might have.
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How long will veneers or crowns last?
Because of the treatment required to place a veneer or crown, it becomes essential to properly maintain it for life, in order to protect the underlying tooth. Veneers and crowns can still be damaged and chipped like your regular teeth. Unlike regular teeth, porcelain veneers and crowns cannot be whitened through a bleaching process. You’ll also need to be careful about accidentally biting down on something solid, such as a bone or fruit pip, in order to prevent your tooth, veneer or crown from becoming cracked or chipped.
After the procedure has been done, your friendly Parra Dental Studio or Cabra Dental Studio dentist will discuss oral hygiene and maintenance of your veneers, crowns or whitening to ensure you’re able to enjoy your new perfect teeth for as long as possible before the next check-up.