Today people have more options to choose from when it comes to cosmetic dentistry procedures. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, has been the 'go-to' dentist for Boston's most demanding patients. According to Dr. Johnson, "For broken, missing, misaligned and uneven teeth, the two most common cosmetic dental procedures are dental veneers and dental crowns".
What is the difference?
Generally, what determines whether you need veneers or crowns is the condition of your teeth and what you are trying to accomplish or ‘fix’ with the procedure. The basic difference between crowns and veneers is how much of the tooth they cover. Dental veneers cover the front of the tooth. A dental crown covers the entire tooth. So, while they are both used for aesthetics and function, they have different applications.
Crowns are used on a damaged tooth or for a tooth that needs more strength and protection. Veneers are used on teeth that are healthy, but may be stained, crooked, short, have spaces between them.
Dental crowns are shaped like your real tooth and they are designed to match your teeth’s natural color. The tooth that it is covering will be reduced in size, and the crown fits perfectly on top of it. Crowns will function and be as durable as your natural tooth. Crowns are perfect to fix teeth that are used for chewing, or for those who clench or grind their teeth.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are secured to the side of the tooth that shows when you smile. Porcelain veneers are used on patients who want to improve the shape, color, spacing, or crowding of their teeth.
When choosing a restorative dentist for demanding aesthetic cases, the ceramist used by the dentist is as, if not more important then the office you select. Reputation does matter in this regard....remember to see a specialist, the difference will make you smile.
For more information on dental crowns or porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Johnson at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.