Veneers and Porcelain Crowns
Cosmetic dentistry is one of the most exciting rewarding aspects of modern dental care. With today’s technology, we can offer many ways to improve the appearance of your teeth. Two of those include Porcelain Veneers and Porcelain Crowns.
Porcelain veneers (sometimes called dental veneers) are ultra-thin, custom-made shells of tooth colored material that are bonded to the front surface of teeth. Veneers can be used to change the shape, color, texture, size, or position of a single tooth or several teeth. They are applied with little to no tooth removal, and are a conservative approach to changing your smile.
Porcelain veneers resist stains better than composite tooth colored fillings or bonding and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. They can be used to change the color of discolored teeth, the length of worn down teeth, the shape of chipped, broken, or irregularly shaped teeth. The are also used to change the alignment of uneven teeth and to close the gaps or spaces between teeth. Porcelain Veneers usually require three office visits: Consult, Tooth Preparation and Impression, and Final cementation.
Porcelain crowns are like veneers in many ways. They are also used to change the shape, color, texture, size or position of a single tooth or several teeth. While a porcelain veneer is placed over the front surface of a tooth much like a false fingernail, a crown is placed over the entire surface of the tooth much like a thimble.
There are many types of crowns, such as gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin and zirconia. Our crown of choice for front teeth is the porcelain crown, because it is the most natural and life-like crown available. Porcelain crowns provide the best natural color match.
Porcelain crowns are used to correct more severe cosmetic problems, such as extreme tooth wear, complete tooth repositioning, extensive decay, and incorrect bite alignment.
More tooth structure is removed in preparation for a porcelain crown than a porcelain veneer. However, the office visits are similar: consultation, tooth preparation and impression, and final cementation. After the tooth preparation and impression, Dr. Jaynes creates a temporary crown that is cemented over the prepared tooth until the permanent crown is ready.
Porcelain Veneers and Crowns are both beautiful and durable. They can help give you the smile you have always dreamed of. We also have many before and after photographs of smiles that have been transformed in our office. We will be happy to discuss these life-changing smile makeover possibilities with you.