Over time our teeth are subject to wear and tear just like anything else. Exposure to certain chemicals can discolor our teeth especially if one smokes, or drinks coffee or tea often. In other cases, trauma can damage one’s teeth. This is common among people who are involved in high contact sports and martial parts. Basically our teeth can take a beating making it look dull and ugly over the long run. Fortunately, Cosmetic Dentistry offers treatments that can help us restore the original appearance of our teeth. Two common treatments which can help treat damaged and discolored teeth are veneers and dental crowns.
Veneers are thin shells which are made from porcelain and are attached onto the front area of a tooth covering up any discoloration and cracks. To attach veneers, the dentist will have to shave off a very thin area off the front area of the tooth so that when the veneer is attached it will set flush against the other teeth and not feel off. To attach the veneer, the dentist uses bonding cement which will be treated with a special light to quicken the hardening. So now, let’s take a look at the advantages of veneers:
- Dental veneers are a cheaper option compared to dental crowns.
- When you get dental veneers you don’t need to get as much material shaved off from the tooth.
- The thin shell acts as a protective shield keeping your tooth from further damage.
- There are a variety of shades of veneers and you can get one that matches the color of your teeth.
- Veneers are made from porcelain which means they are hypoallergenic and won’t irritate your gums.
- Veneers are stain resistant.
Dental Crowns on the other hand, although serve a similar purpose as veneers are quite different. If veneers are attached on the front, dental crowns are actually attached over the entire tooth. If veneers are a thin shell, dental crowns are actually like a whole tooth. In order to apply a dental crown the dentist will have to shave off a lot of the tooth leaving only the center since dental crowns are hollow. After the dentist shaves off material and shapes the tooth down, he can attach the crown over what is left of the tooth and secure it with bonding cement. Now let’s take a look at some advantages of dental crowns:
- Dental crowns are much more durable since they are made from more material than veneers.
- Crowns offer a better solution to treating a tooth which has sustained a lot of damage and not just on the front.
- Dental crowns can last a lot longer.
- Dental crowns look and feel just like any tooth and so you won’t notice any difference.
So you must be thinking, which is the better option, veneers or dental crowns? Well it really depends. If your tooth is only discolored and has minor cracks veneers would be much more viable. But if your tooth is really damaged, go for dental crowns that can really cover the whole thing.