A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain cemented onto your existing tooth and made to match your natural tooth shape and colour. Veneers are minimally invasive and can change the size, shape and colour of your teeth. Veneers can be used for a single tooth or to change the look of your entire smile. They require no additional care beyond regular brushing, flossing and visits to your dentist.
What problems do veneers fix?
Veneers are best used on anterior teeth to fix cracks, gaps, chips, discolouration and other aesthetic problems.
Who is a suitable candidate for veneers?
Those with good oral health, minor, aesthetic tooth problems or a damaged smile are good candidates for veneers.
A tooth that is still in good shape but has been damaged can be restored by adding a crown. Crowns are full caps placed over the remaining tooth structure to resemble a natural, healthy-looking tooth.
Ceramic or porcelain crowns are ideal for those with metal allergies, provide a much more natural colour match, and can be used for front and back teeth.
When is a ceramic crown needed?
Ceramic crowns are used to repair extensive chips, cracks and broken teeth. They are also required when there is not enough natural tooth structure or to replace old crowns.
Other concerns where crowns are ideal include:
- Restoring broken or damaged teeth
- Protection of potentially weak teeth
- Supporting teeth with large fillings
- On top of dental implants
- Covering for cosmetic purposes
- Holding a bridge in place
- Patients with a worn-down bite
- Patients that suffer from severe attrition and abrasion on their teeth.
Who is a suitable candidate for a dental crown?
Porcelain crowns are an excellent treatment option for someone that wants not only an authentic-looking smile but also a restoration that does not involve placing metal in the mouth. These crowns are made to match the shade of surrounding teeth and to feel just like a natural tooth when chewing and when touched by the tongue.
To learn more about veneers and crowns, schedule a consultation today.