Chipped, pitted, cracked or severely discolored teeth can make an otherwise pleasant smile unattractive. In the past, dental crowns were used to cover teeth with problems like these. Today, however, veneers are used more often. If you are considering porcelain veneers in the Toronto area, here are some reasons why veneers are often a better choice than the traditional crown.
Veneers vs. Crowns
Although crowns have been a staple of cosmetic dentistry for many years, more and more dentists and individuals are now choosing veneers instead for certain situations. Veneers offer numerous advantages over crowns. Among these are:
- Veneers require minimal restructuring of the tooth
- Veneers are versatile and can be used to treat many cosmetic issues
- Veneers are color matched to your teeth
- Porcelain veneers look like natural tooth enamel
Because of the versatility and natural look of veneers, many minor issues with the appearance of teeth are treated now in this way instead of with a full replacement crown.
Situations in which veneers are often a better choice than crowns include treatment of:
- Severe discoloration
- Asymmetrical teeth
- Small gaps between the teeth
- Minor misalignment
Veneers allow you to significantly improve your smile without having to restructure your teeth or resort to invasive procedures. When your teeth are prepared for veneers, a thin layer of enamel is removed. To prepare for a crown, the dentist must modify the entire tooth to make room for the crown.
When Are Crowns a Better Choice?
Under certain conditions, usually involving major damage to the tooth, a crown is a better option. Some of these situations include severely cracked teeth and teeth that have undergone a root canal. In these cases, a crown will keep the tooth intact and prevent future injury that could make it necessary to remove the tooth.
For information about dental crowns, veneers, and how veneers can improve your smile, please contact our office.