Having the confidence to smile freely adds significant improvements to your life. Studies have shown that smiling can reduce stress, boost your mood, improve your overall health, and strengthen your confidence. It helps to have a healthy smile you are proud to show off. This is something that is possible for every individual with modern dental capabilities.
In this article, we will discuss two of the most popular options for addressing teeth stains, chips, cracks, decay, and other dental inconsistencies: veneers vs. crowns. We will break down the differences between crowns and veneers, as well describe how to decide which option is best for you.
Veneers are created with a porcelain-based, compound resin that gets bound to the top of your teeth. They are durable, comfortable, and natural-looking. The procedure to apply veneers is non-invasive to minimally invasive, so it doesn’t require a heavy anesthetic. If you want to avoid a more complicated procedure such as applying crowns or braces, veneers are a practical solution to consider for cosmetic-type issues. They provide a simple solution for alleviating small chips, stains, or wide gaps.
As mentioned, these little porcelain cover-ups work great for minor cosmetic issues. They may not be your best solution if you require extreme orthodontic adjustments that would benefit your overall cranial support. They are also not built to resolve severe dental misalignments, issues with missing teeth, and tooth decay.
Dental crowns are used to cover up severely damaged and decaying teeth. The small caps, which can be tooth-colored or metal, are used to cover the problem areas, preventing further destruction to the tooth. By applying crowns to these damaged teeth, you also improve your ability to chew and bite more comfortably because roots and nerves will no longer be exposed, alleviating pain and germ exposure. This option is best for individuals who are looking to save at-risk teeth from total decay, which can lead to more severe oral damage or infection, requiring an extraction procedure.
The crown procedure is a bit more invasive in that it requires local anesthetics achieved by shots in the gums surrounding the tooth. They do not feel as natural and comfortable as veneers at first, but you do eventually get used to them. They can also be more noticeable if metal crowns were applied.
As you can tell, both procedures are beneficial depending on your dental needs. Make sure to consider this information before deciding between veneers and crowns. Regardless which you find is best for you, we are proud of the veneer and crown work we offer to local New Yorkers. Please contact Tribeca Dental Care to set a free consultation appointment so we can discuss what makes the most sense for your personal needs. We look forward to helping you build a more confident smile.
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