Your teeth are strong but over time, they may weaken, chip, or stain. Cosmetic dentistry offers a number of ways to improve your smile yet veneers and dental crowns remain among the most popular. These treatments can enhance the appearance of a single tooth or be incorporated into a total smile makeover.
Veneers and Crowns: What They Are and Why You Might Need Them
Crowns are essentially caps that cover your entire tooth structure. They are designed to look just like your natural teeth, with the same size, shape, and color. Crowns will completely cover a tooth that is chipped, worn, broken, or stained, transforming your smile. Due to their durability, they are also functional and can protect a tooth that has been damaged or decayed. Veneers are similar to dental crowns, as they also cover the tooth structure to hide imperfections. However, a veneer does not cover the entire tooth; it is entirely cosmetic and is bonded to the front surfaces only. They are thin porcelain shells that can enhance a smile that has been marred by chipped, discolored, or misshapen teeth. Dr. James Lesinski also uses veneers in his Amherst, NY, practice to straighten or correct the appearance of a mildly crooked or gapped smile.
The Differences between Veneers and Dental Crowns
- Veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth while crowns cover the entire tooth structure.
- Veneers are entirely cosmetic but dental crowns also perform a functional role. Crowns protect the underlying tooth structure.
- Crowns are considered more durable than veneers, even though they last roughly the same amount of time.
Your dentist can help you decide which treatment is right for you, based upon the condition of your teeth and the goals you have for your smile. If you are interested in dental crowns or veneers in Amherst, NY, feel free to contact us for more information. Schedule a consultation with Dr. James Lesinski and take the first step to a more beautiful smile.
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