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The Differences Between Crowns And Veneers

Few things enhance a person’s appearance than a beautiful smile. Two of the most common procedures we offer to patients are crowns and veneers. Though they both can transform one’s smile, they have distinct differences. Let’s take a look at those.

Crowns

Often referred to as “caps,” crowns are custom-made covers for teeth that have had a root canal, or are cracked or weakened. They are also used on teeth that are too decayed to be treated with a regular filling. Typically, a porcelain material is used to make the crown because it blends seamlessly with your other teeth. It takes two appointments to fit a crown.

In addition to effectively restore damaged teeth, crowns can help you achieve a radiant smile. When taken care of properly, they could last a lifetime.

Porcelain Veneers

Composed of wafer-thin layers of highly durable porcelain, veneers are custom-fitted “shells” that are applied and bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. We use a local supplier to fabricate our veneers, which are custom-tailored to match the colour of your teeth. They are commonly used to cosmetically correct teeth that are crooked or misshapen or to cover up gaps, stains and chips in your teeth.

Veneers are durable, stain-resistant and long-lasting. If you take proper care of them, your porcelain veneers could last for 10-15 years.

How Are The Two Different?

Although crowns and veneers can improve the look of your smile, there are some differences. Crowns are used when it’s necessary to structurally repair your tooth if it’s damaged or weakened. Veneers, on the other hand, are used to improve a tooth’s outward appearance, whether the tooth is stained, crooked, misshapen, chipped or misaligned. Veneers are also less expensive than crowns.

If you would like to transform your smile with crowns or veneers, we invite you to book an appointment. We can provide an evaluation to determine whether crowns or veneers are right for you.

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