The options can seem endless when it comes to replacing damaged or missing teeth. Ideally, the best way to select which option is best for you is by talking to a dental team in an individual one-on-one session. After examining your teeth and listening to other needs and concerns, Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry will be able to recommend either crowns or veneers.
Here are a few of the advantages and disadvantage of each:
Crowns, or dental caps, can be used to correct a variety of tooth issues. Typically, the crown is molded to match the original structure of your tooth and is then adhered to the remaining root of your original tooth. Crowns can be used to improve the appearance of oddly shaped or broken teeth, repair teeth after root canals, protected weakened teeth, correct gaps, repair decaying teeth, and as a base for dental bridges.
Pros and Cons of Crowns
While traditional crowns can usually take several visits to complete the process, new technology has now allowed for same-day crown placement. Using digital mapping technology, custom-sized CERC crowns are molded in minutes to match the space, color, and look of your other teeth. The advantages of this procedure are that it is relatively quick, painless, can last up to 15 years, and is often covered by insurance. One of the major downsides of crowns is that it requires a tooth root. If this is severely damaged, dental implants may be a better option.
Patients concerned with a myriad of factors in their smile may opt for veneers. Veneers consist of a very thin (yet durable) material that is bonded to the visible portion of your teeth. This procedure can help correct the appearance of gaps, uneven and misaligned teeth, irregularly shaped or broken teeth, and discoloration that cannot be corrected with teeth whitening.
Pros and Cons of Veneers
Veneers are a great, easy way to correct a variety of problems and give you a full, bright smile you love. They also leave more of your original tooth intact, making it a less invasive procedure over crowns. Some of the disadvantages are that you may need to be a bit more cautious about how you treat them. In addition to regular brushing and flossing, you should avoid chewing on ice, pens, nails, and other hard objects that may damage the thin veneers. It may also be difficult or impossible to correctly adhere veneers to teeth that are too damaged or missing too much enamel.
Finding the best fit for you
There are many pros and cons to crowns and veneers and choosing the right one is unique to each patient. If you are ready to correct your smile and increase your confidence, schedule an appointment Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry today. We can discuss crowns, veneers, implants and other dental options with you to create a customized treatment plan that works for your specific needs.
You may be familiar with the use of veneer in woodworking. It involves applying thin sheets of beautiful wood to the surfaces of furniture in order to enhance aesthetic appeal. The same principle can apply to your teeth. Your cosmetic dentist can apply dental veneers to the visible sides of your teeth in order to camouflage imperfections and enhance the beauty of your natural smile. The following are a few reasons why you might want to consider getting porcelain veneers. However, only your dentist can determine if you’re a good candidate, so schedule an appointment soon!
Professional teeth whitening is an excellent way to instantly beautify your smile. The cosmetic dentist can use the in-office whitening system, which involves activating the whitening agent with a special light, or you can receive customized at-home whitening trays to use at your convenience.
Unfortunately, not all stains will respond well to teeth whitening. If you have stubborn intrinsic stains that are detracting from the beauty of your smile, porcelain veneers could be the right solution for you!
A beautiful, Hollywood smile features perfectly symmetrical teeth. Unfortunately, many people simply aren’t born with perfect teeth. And over time, teeth can become even more asymmetrical due to chipping and shifting. If you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of asymmetrical teeth in your smile, porcelain veneers may be right for you. They will effectively camouflage these imperfections—and no one will be able to tell you’re wearing them!
Cosmetic dentists often recommend Invisalign to correct improper bite patterns, such as the appearance of gaps in the smile. However, if you’d rather avoid Invisalign or you simply want to see noticeable results right away, porcelain veneers may be a good alternative. The veneers will instantly hide those unsightly gaps, creating the appearance of perfect, uniform teeth.
Bruxism is a dental problem also known as teeth grinding. Many people suffer from bruxism without realizing it, since teeth grinding often occurs during sleep. Some of the most common signs of bruxism include worsening tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold beverages, and worn-out tooth enamel. It can also result in teeth that are flattened, chipped, loose, or fractured.
Bruxism poses a problem for porcelain veneers because, as strong as they are, they can’t withstand the intense force of grinding teeth. Talk to your cosmetic dentist about whether you may be suffering from bruxism. If not, dental veneers could be a great choice for improving the appearance of your smile!
At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in South Huntington, Long Island, porcelain veneers are one of our specialties. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot by calling today to discuss whether porcelain veneers or another cosmetic dentistry treatment option could be right for you. During your one-on-one consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to ask all of your questions and learn the steps in the treatment process.
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