Choosing Porcelain Veneers or Dental Crowns

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With so many advancements in both cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry every year, it gets harder and harder to decide between porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Both treatments have their merit, and both are used to treat many of the same things. Here is what we look at when consulting with our patients in Birmingham about the two treatments.

When to Choose Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are largely a cosmetic dentistry procedure. Although they can be used for other things, they are primarily best for teeth that are discolored, slightly gapped, showing stained enamel cracks, are too short, or could just be considered unsightly for some aesthetic reason. Patients who visit us in Birmingham for dental veneers need to have adequate enamel for the veneer to bond correctly.

When to Choose Dental Crowns

Dental crowns walk the line between restorative dentistry and cosmetic but are largely more powerful when used in situations where teeth need to be protected. Teeth that are chipped, have had a root canal, are heavily used in daily eating, or that require some other types of restorative care are usually better served by a dental crown. Additionally, many dentists agree that the placement procedure for a dental crown is easier and faster, which can be appealing to many clients.

Porcelain Veneers or Dental Crowns?

At the end of the day, your dentist will likely consider the materials available, and what your teeth actually need, and then recommend one or the other for your unique situation. Either solution will offer you a straight, even smile that you will feel great about sharing.

Learn More from Your Dentist in Birmingham

While it is not always straightforward to choose between porcelain veneers or dental crowns, it is much easier during a consultation with your dentist in Birmingham to find out what your teeth truly need. To schedule your appointment, call us at 205-967-9100, or contact us online.

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