Are you considering making a change to your smile?
You might be weighing the merits of porcelain veneers over crowns. While crowns and veneers can be used to solve several of the same problems, there are some significant differences. Which option is right for you will depend on a number of factors.
For many patients we see here in Sarasota, veneers have been the solution to a completely transformed smile and a new lease on life.
While veneers do require that some enamel be removed so that the porcelain shell fits properly over the front of the tooth, they require far less prep work than crowns. Unless there is a structural issue with the tooth, a veneer is a more conservative choice.
Comparing Veneers and Crowns
A veneer is designed to fit over the front of the tooth to change its appearance. A crown, on the other hand, fits over the entire tooth. This makes crowns an ideal solution for protecting damaged teeth. Veneers are not intended to protect or repair the damage that affects the function of the teeth. The primary purpose of veneers is to improve the appearance of your teeth by hiding esthetic flaws.
One of our goals here at Sarasota Dental Arts is to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible. When crowns are appropriate and the best solution, we will certainly recommend them, but if we are simply considering cosmetic changes, a veneer might be the option that allows us to better maintain the integrity of your natural tooth.
Because both veneers and crowns require that tooth structure is changed in some way, both restorations are permanent. Unfortunately, this does not mean that the crowns and veneers themselves will last forever. Like your own tooth structure, they can become damaged over time. At some point, a replacement will likely become necessary. This is an important consideration if you are looking to improve your smile cosmetically.
You can extend the life of both of these restorations by practicing good home hygiene habits and visiting our office on a regular basis, as recommended by Dr. Aygen. At your exams, Dr. Aygen will assess the condition of your restorations and make sure that they are in great shape.
Call Today to Learn More
We’d love to meet with you and help you determine the best options for restoring the appearance and health of your smile. Call our Sarasota dental office today to schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Kaya Aygen!