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What’s the Difference Between a Veneer and a Crown

Porcelain Veneers in Philadelphia and Southampton

Are you happy with your smile? If you have a chipped tooth, worn enamel, or uneven spacing, the answer may be no. At Absolute Smile, we want you to have confidence in your smile. That’s why we offer multiple solutions for your oral health and personal confidence. For those who want to correct a variety of minor dental problems, porcelain veneers are an easy and affordable option. So, let’s look at veneers and how these dental implants help our Bucks County patients. 

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Dental veneers, made from porcelain or resin, are thin shells placed over the surface of your teeth. Veneers are used to correct worn tooth enamel, discoloration, chipped teeth, and uneven alignment or spacing. They are considered a cosmetic solution, but for those who have dealt with chipped teeth or uneven spacing, the benefits of veneers extend far beyond appearance. 

What’s the Difference Between a Veneer and a Crown? 

A crown is a cap that replaces a tooth’s primary structure. Crowns require extensive preparation of the tooth, including the removal of much of the tooth structure, so that a full tooth cap can be placed over the structure. Veneers, on the other hand, require little or no removal of the tooth structure itself. How much of the tooth is removed depends on the type of damage and strength of the tooth. 

Who is a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers

How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

Dental veneers, both resin and porcelain, are extremely durable. With proper dental hygiene, your dental veneers can last as long as ten to fifteen years. You care for your porcelain veneers just as you care for your natural teeth – brush, floss, and keep up with your regular dental cleanings and visits. You dentist may caution you to avoid biting down on hard foods like hard candy or some nuts. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

As with any dental procedure, you want to ensure dental veneers are the right choice for you. Dental veneers can help address many dental problems including, 

  • Chipping
  • Staining (from food, drink, or medications)
  • Replacing old fillings
  • Uneven smile
  • Spacing problems
  • Crowding
  • Uneven bite

In some cases, you may need additional dental or orthodontic work before your dentist can apply your veneers. For example, if you have too much spacing or crowding, your dentist will want to address those issues to ensure other problems don’t develop. 

The extent of damage to your teeth can also determine if a veneer is the right choice for you. If too much of your tooth structure is gone or if damage extends to the root, your dentist will suggest a better alternative 

Are You Looking for Dental Veneers in Bucks County?

Do you need dental veneers or have you fallen behind on your regular visits? Contact us for an appointment for you and your whole family. 

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