September 15, 2019
Cosmetic dental crowns and porcelain veneers do virtually the same thing. Repair chipped, cracked, and stained teeth. However, as your cosmetic dentist in Independence explains, there is a difference between porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental crowns.
Cosmetic Dental Crowns and Porcelain Veneers
While both veneers and crowns are used for restoration, they also improve function and appearance. The biggest difference between the two is tooth removal, how thick the dental material is, and how much of the tooth is covered. Both veneers and crowns improve your smile.
Porcelain veneers are made from dental porcelain and are very thin. Matched to the color of your natural teeth, veneers only cover the fronts of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are strong, but they can be brittle. If you grind your teeth, veneers may not be the best option as repeated impact could cause cracks and breaks in the veneer.
Cosmetic Dental Crowns
Dental crowns cover the whole tooth and are manufactured out of porcelain, metal or a combination of the two. Crowns are twice as thick as porcelain veneers and are much more durable. Cosmetic dental crowns are also more resistant to cracks, chips, and breaks.
Tooth Preparation for Porcelain Veneers
While porcelain veneers are more conservative than cosmetic dental crowns, they are still permanent, as some of the enamel has to be removed for a natural fit. Dr. David Schaefer will only remove a thin layer of enamel not touching the back or the core of your tooth.
Tooth Preparation for Cosmetic Dental Crowns
Because a crown literally caps the tooth, about 60 to 75 percent of the tooth that is visible is trimmed before the crown is placed. This means up to four times as much removal as porcelain veneers.
Choosing Between Porcelain Veneers and Crowns
If you have minor cosmetic issues that need to be addressed, your Independence cosmetic dentist will probably recommend veneers. However, if you have more serious issues, such as badly damaged teeth, Dr. Schaefer may recommend cosmetic dental crowns.
If you would like more information regarding porcelain veneers or cosmetic dental crowns, call and schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist in Independence today.
November 15, 2018
Cosmetic dental bonding or porcelain veneers. Most cosmetic dentists hear that question when talking with a patient about a new smile.
Cosmetic dental bonding and porcelain veneers are two cosmetic dentistry procedures that will brighten your smile. Chips, cracks, stained or misshapen teeth, gappy teeth, crooked teeth, and teeth that are too long or too short can be beautiful with cosmetic dental bonding or porcelain veneers.
What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?
Cosmetic dental bonding takes place in your dentist’s office and is a non permanent way to fix your grin. Dental bonding can be completed in a single dental appointment and looks just like your natural teeth.
If Dr. David Schaefer determines that you are a good candidate for bonding, a color will be matched to the rest of your natural teeth and the tooth that is being bonding. After color selection, your tooth or teeth will be etched with a solution so that the bonding material adheres to your tooth.
After coating each tooth, a dental resign will be applied and molded to the desired shape. Once satisfied with the results, your dentist in Independence will use a light or laser to cure the resin. After the resin has hardened, your new restoration will be polished to match the rest of your natural teeth.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Just like cosmetic dental bonding, porcelain veneers can fix a multitude of problems including badly stained, chipped, or cracked teeth. Porcelain veneers can also fill in the gap between your front teeth and make your teeth longer or shorter.
If you are a good fit for porcelain veneers, a small portion of enamel is removed to make way for the thin sheet of porcelain. Because of this, porcelain veneers are permanent. After enamel, removal a mold or impression is made that will be sent to a dental lab. Temporary veneers may be needed for unsightly teeth.
When your new veneers are ready, Dr. Schaefer will place on the fronts of your teeth checking for fit. Once happy, your new veneers will be permanently bonded into place. After bonding, your new smile will be buffed, polished, and ready for the world.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding or Porcelain Veneers?
Your dentist in Missouri will be able to help you decide between veneers and bonding. Call or click for a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Schaefer today.
June 15, 2018
Porcelain veneers are more affordable than ever before. Dr. David Schaefer recommends porcelain veneers if you have teeth that are chipped, cracked or worn. If you have a space between your teeth or teeth that are tipped or rotated, porcelain veneers could be a good fit for you, your smile, and your confidence.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are bonded to the fronts of your teeth. Because a small amount of enamel needs to be removed for natural fitting veneers, the cosmetic dental procedure is permanent.
Cosmetic veneers are made from dental grade porcelain and mimic light just as your natural teeth do.
Porcelain Veneers Placement
If Dr. Schaefer believes that you are a good fit for porcelain veneers, you will need three dental appointments.
During your first porcelain veneers appointment, a portion of the enamel will be removed. Once removed, a mold or impression will be sent to the lab for manufacture. If your teeth are not ready for public consumption, a temporary set of veneers may be fitted until your permanent cosmetic veneers are ready.
After a couple of weeks, you will return to Dr. Schaefer’s office for permanent placement. The veneers will be checked for fit and color, and once your dentist is satisfied, will be bonded into place. After placement, the bonding will be cured with a laser or light.
Once the veneers have been bonded, they will be polished to perfection.
Dr. Schaefer recommends a third dental appointment to check your new veneers for placement and bite.
Cosmetic dentistry can change your life. A beautiful smile not only gives you more confidence, but can also improve your overall health.
If you would like more information regarding porcelain veneers, or any other type of cosmetic dentistry procedure, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer today.