Veneers are ultra-thin layers composed of extremely strong ceramic laminate that are bonded to the front of a tooth, or several teeth, primarily to change the color, shape, size, or length. Dental veneers are made from porcelain, a type of strong ceramic. Porcelain veneers resist stains and look like natural teeth due to their light reflecting properties.
A dental crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth. Crowns can be made of all porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, or gold. Both crowns and veneers are affixed to the tooth with special adhesive. Crowns and veneers are very durable and can last many years if properly cared for. Please note however, they are not stronger than natural enamel.
Both of these procedures improve teeth aesthetically, but dental crowns are usually a better solution for a tooth that has been damaged by decay, compromised in some other way, or when a patient undergoes a root canal. Veneers can repair the shape of a tooth, fix a minor crack, cover stains, straighten the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned, or when the length of a tooth/teeth is/are an issue.
The success of a crown or veneer procedure depends on highly skilled professionals at the lab and in the dentist’s office. Your cosmetic dentist must prep the tooth, create a precision mold, and submit an accurate order to the lab.
The role of the dental lab technician is equally important. Proficient lab technicians build custom dental crowns and veneers to the specifications of the cosmetic dentist. They must have the skill to meet the precise standards needed for successful restorations.
When you consider the multiple characteristics of a restoration: the exact shape and size, the precise color, and the proper placement in the mouth, naturally you will want the best dentist for the job. This is the uncompromising end goal. Each variable must be right on the mark in order to get that beautiful smile you want.
Dr. Patrick Smith and his highly skillful team along with the highly qualified staff at our dental lab, work together to provide outstanding dental restorations for our valued patients.
If you would like more helpful information about crowns, veneers, and other cosmetic dental procedures, Dr. Smith invites you to contact us to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation. Let us help you achieve a smile that is both healthy and beautiful. Call (561) 694-9000. today!