Porcelain dental veneers and dental crowns are both treatments that can enhance the aesthetics of your smile while protecting your teeth. Choosing which treatment is right for you depends on multiple factors. Dr. James Dickert and Dr. Agatha Lynn offer veneers and crowns to patients who want to address cosmetic issues and achieve their best smiles. Call (843) 371-5480 or request an appointment with Dr. Dickert or Dr. Lynn online.
Learn more about how our porcelain veneers and dental crowns in Charleston, SC compare below:
Addressing Cosmetic Issues
Dental veneers are crafted from thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of teeth. They can close small spaces between your teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth or whiten deeply stained teeth. Porcelain dental veneers protect damaged teeth while also restoring their appearance, and require less of the tooth to be prepared prior to treatment. During veneer treatment, we will only remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of the tooth. This is done to ensure that the veneers fit properly onto the affected teeth.
Repairing Tooth Damage
Dental crowns are one of the best options for severely damaged teeth because they completely cover the whole tooth. We cement dental crowns on top of the damaged tooth in order to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible. Crowns hold cracked teeth together and blend in with natural teeth. In our office, we construct our crowns from a composite material that is strong enough to endure the forces of regular biting and chewing. Receiving one or more dental crowns allows patients to restore their bite to full functionality.
Maintenance: Crowns vs. Veneers
Porcelain veneers are a strong and durable treatment when securely bonded to the front of teeth. However, they can still chip and may require replacement over time. Dental crowns may also become damaged over time due to normal wear and tear. However, if patients maintain a good oral hygiene routine and schedule routine checkups in our office, their crowns or veneers will last longer. During office visits, we will examine your crowns or veneers to ensure that they are in good condition.