What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain Veneers are tiny shells of tooth-coloured porcelain that are bonded onto the front of teeth.
They can be used to improve the appearance of stained, chipped, crooked and worn front teeth.
They are a far more conservative alternative to full crowns because only a small amount of enamel has to be taken away.
What are crowns?
A crown, sometimes called a “cap”, is a tooth-like covering placed over the top of a carefully prepared existing tooth.
Crowns cover more tooth structure and are often required when a substantial amount of tooth has been lost or root canal treatment has been performed. The appearance of a porcelain crown is identical to that of a porcelain veneer when viewed in a smile. Crowns strengthen and protect vulnerable teeth and improve their functionality and appearance.
Can I still get cavities on Veneered or Crowned teeth?
Yes. Although a cavity will never come through the crown or the porcelain itself, cavities can still form at the gum line. This is why proper brushing and flossing is still very important on all teeth.
Porcelain Veneers and crowns can also improve:
- Spaces between teeth
- Unsightly fillings
- Cracked or Chipped teeth