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In the quest for a beautiful smile, you do all the right things: brush and floss daily, use a fluoride mouthwash rinse, eat healthy, and keep your scheduled dental cleanings. But there are reasons why you might need extra attention to correct flaws with your teeth.

Porcelain veneers vs. dental crowns

Porcelain veneers are natural looking wafer thin shells which are bonded to your front teeth to help fix minor tooth problems such as discoloration, minor chips or cracks, gaps in between teeth or teeth which may be too short. To bond the veneer to the tooth requires buffing down a fingernail thin layer of tooth enamel, and covers the tooth’s front surface only. Typically a porcelain veneer is used when you want to make cosmetic changes.

Dental crowns are also a porcelain shell, but they encase the entire tooth and are thicker than veneers. This requires trimming the tooth down and replacing it with the crown which becomes the new tooth. A crown is used to alter a significant change in the tooth, which makes it a good choice for teeth that are badly decayed, broken, or exposed to heavy chewing or biting, or tooth clenching and grinding.

If you are considering making greater changes to your healthy smile, we invite you to contact our dental office and have a consultation to see what options may be best for you. We are eager to keep your smile confident and healthy! 845.452.8410.