Crowns vs Veneers – Which Option is Right for You?
Cosmetic dentistry is all about getting the smile you want with the help of specialised treatments provided by your dentist. These treatments are designed to restore and enhance your smile and two great options are dental crowns or veneers.
Today, let’s take a closer look at the difference between crowns and veneers so you can decide which option may be best for your situation.
A crown is a thin, porcelain ‘cap’ which fits over your whole tooth. It acts to both protect the tooth from further damage while also hiding existing damage. Crowns are long lasting, up to around 15 years, and can improve the look of your smile. Common issues where are crown may needed include large fillings in a tooth, decay which can’t be fixed by fillings, root canal treatment, and cracks or large chips which are causing ongoing pain. Crowns are designed to match the look of surrounding teeth and generally improve the appearance of your smile.
Getting a dental crown will typically involve two trips to the dentist, the first being to ensure there is room for the crown and take a mould of the tooth and the second to cement the fabricated crown to the tooth. A local anaesthetic will be used while your crown is being fitted.
Dental veneers are wafer thin pieces of porcelain or composite which are fitted on the surface of the tooth. Like crowns, they’re long lasting and with the right care can be viable for over 10 years. Veneers are typically used for issues such as chipped or broken teeth, intrinsic discolouration which won’t respond to tooth whitening, misalignment or gaps in teeth. If there is significant damage or decay to the tooth, a crown may be more appropriate.
Two trips are usually required to have your veneers fitted and the process is generally very simple, often without the need for anaesthetic. Your dentist will trim a small amount of enamel from the surface of the teeth the make room for the veneer and an impression will be taken. The veneer will then be permanently cemented to the tooth and trimmed as necessary.
When you’re making the decision between crowns and veneers, your dentist is the best person to give you professional advice. They’ll be able to take a look at the health of your teeth and consider what you want to achieve with the finished product to help you decide on the best option.
If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry in Perth, including crowns or veneers, speak to one of the experienced dentists at Carillon City Dental. We provide a full range of cosmetic dentistry options and can provide a consultation to formulate a treatment plan which is right you. Located conveniently in the CBD, our clinic provides a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
For cosmetic dentistry in Perth, WA, contact Carillon City Dental today on (08) 9322 5340.