A subtle change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel in your personal and professional circles. Dental veneers or crowns are an excellent cosmetic remedy for a variety of dental conditions that affect your teeth.
What Is The Difference Between a Veneer and a Crown?
Veneers are thin, custom-made moldings that cover the fronts of unsightly teeth. They are made from high-tech porcelains for a natural looking bright smile. After reshaping the tooth, the veneer is permanently bonded to the front of the tooth. The finished result is extremely strong and durable. Veneers are a cosmetic alternative that can be used to close spaces; restore broken or chipped teeth; cover unsightly, stained fillings; whiten permanently stained or discolored teeth; and for correcting uneven or crooked teeth.
Crowns are tooth-like coverings that are placed over the entire top of the tooth. They are used to strengthen, restore or improve the appearance and function of your natural tooth. Crowns are also made from very high-tech porcelains that are strong enough to withstand chewing forces. One of the most common reasons for a crown is to support the tooth when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place another filling.
What is a Bridge?
A bridge is a custom device anchored to neighboring teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with a bridge, the teeth on either side of the missing one must be prepared to serve as anchors (abutments) to hold the prosthetic replacement teeth in place. Bridges are also made of very strong, high-tech porcelains so that they match the look, feel, and color of your natural teeth. Bridges, like crowns, are permanently cemented to the prepared tooth structure.
How Do I Know Which Is Right For Me?
After x-rays and a comprehensive examination, Dr. Hopkins will help you decide on a course of treatment to meet your specific needs.