Dental Tips: How can I improve my smile with porcelain veneers and crowns?
If you’re unsatisfied with your smile due to stained, cracked, broken, ground down, or decayed teeth, Bondi Dental can give you a healthy natural-looking smile by placing dental crowns or veneers on the problem teeth!
Using science, artistry, and laboratory techniques, we achieve beautiful results restoring teeth with all our crowns and porcelain veneers.
The expertise and technology we use, along with the best laboratories in Australia, allow us to manufacture restorations that are second to none.
Even better, if you remove unhealthy or cracked tooth structure and replace it with natural-looking porcelain, you protect the remaining tooth structure and achieve a beautiful result.
Veneers and crowns can last for many years with good oral hygiene habits.
Our highly trained team will give you the information and tools you need to keep these restorations and your mouth healthy and attractive.
However, crowns and veneers do have different advantages and disadvantages depending on the issues with your teeth, and if you are considering improving your smile, you need to know what these differences are.
Crowns vs Porcelain Veneers
Bonded to the front surfaces of teeth, veneers are thin custom-made shells of tooth-coloured porcelain (or brighter than natural tooth-colour if they are being applied to improve tooth appearance).
Veneers create a natural and attractive look for your smile by changing the shape, length, size and colour of teeth.
Here are some cases in which veneers work well:
- Cracks and chips can be covered with veneers, preventing further damage to your teeth, leaving you with crack-free teeth and a stunning smile.
- Large gaps between teeth. Using porcelain veneers the size of these gaps can be reduced or eliminated.
- Misaligned (or crooked teeth) can be treated with porcelain veneers instead of braces.
- Stains. Porcelain veneers cover the teeth in white and act as a barrier, making teeth more resistant to staining.
Also known as “caps,” crowns are tooth-coloured protection that covers an entire tooth.
Crowns can restore damaged teeth and protect them from further damage, and they are particularly effective on extremely damaged teeth and teeth that need restoration beyond the merely cosmetic.
Crowns are used to achieve cosmetic improvements over a drastically discoloured or damaged tooth, with a result that will resemble nearby healthy teeth and provide an even smile.
Crowns are often excellent solutions for damaged teeth and can deliver significant changes in the shape and colour of existing teeth.
There are several reasons a dental crown might be made for a tooth. Dentists Bondi Beach often use them to:
- Cover a damaged or missing filling
- Protect a decayed tooth
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- “Cap” a dental implant to create a functioning tooth
- Restore a broken, ground down, or incomplete tooth
One important difference – tooth preparation
Veneers are a considerably more conservative treatment than crowns, as far less natural tooth needs to be removed to place a veneer.
Your Bondi dentist usually removes a thin layer of tooth enamel from the front of the tooth and will not usually need to touch the core or the back of the tooth.
Compared to this, crowns require 60% to 75% of the visible tooth to be removed before placement.
Differences in insurance coverage
Another important difference is how dental insurance sometimes covers these treatments.
Veneers are generally treated as an aesthetic treatment and are far less likely to be covered by insurance.
Because crowns address both functional and aesthetic issues, they are more likely to be covered by your insurance.
Keeping your new smile perfect
With appropriate care, crowns and veneers should last a decade.
The materials used in their construction are stain-resistant, but without adequate brushing and flossing, can become discoloured.
Because teeth-whitening treatments don’t work on these restorations, it’s essential to maintain oral hygiene and good eating habits.
You should also avoid damaging your crowns and veneers by carelessly biting on hard or sticky foods, or using your teeth as tools for other than eating and smiling!
Dental crowns and veneers are great options for restoring your teeth and giving you the shiny and attractive smile that you’ve always wanted.
If you are having a difficult decision choosing between the two options, contact Bondi Dental today to set up a consultation.
We can help you to select the restoration that will leave you with a smile that you are proud to show off for years to come.
The Bondi Dental Advantage
Bondi Dental’s office is located in the Eastern Suburbs – Bondi Beach, Bondi in Sydney.
Our highly skilled dental professionals have over 60 years of combined experience across a broad range of dentistry.
We provide high-quality preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services for all patients in the Bondi area.
We have free parking behind our building and offer a FREE Dental Consultation, including a complete dental check-up.
We are open seven days a week, 8 am – 8 pm!
FREE Cosmetic Consultation
We are located at 134 Curlewis St in Bondi Beach.