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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Porcelain Veneers vs. Porcelain Crowns

We see many different patients at our Glenview, Illinois cosmetic dentistry office who want to correct their smile with a dental makeover or just want to gain the smile they are looking for, but they are unsure about whether to have porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns placed on their teeth.

We want all our patients to know that porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns provide patients with a more lifelike appearance and performance than other dental materials, but they are used for two very distinct purposes in cosmetic dentistry:

Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front sides of your teeth; leaving the rest of the tooth intact. When porcelain veneers are bonded to the natural tooth structure already in place, they can correct any number of aesthetic problems such as:

  • Chipped Teeth
  • Cracked Teeth
  • Discolored Teeth
  • Crooked Teeth

For the most part, porcelain veneers are placed on the front teeth; the ones other people see most often.

Porcelain Crowns
- Porcelain crowns are used to restore the function as well as the appearance of teeth when they have been too badly damaged as a result of trauma or decay. A porcelain crown acts like a cap that is placed over the existing tooth structure so that you can smile and chew confidently. Usually, porcelain crowns are placed on rear teeth like the molars, where the majority of your chewing takes place.

If you live in the Chicago area and are interested in having porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns placed on your teeth, please schedule an initial consultation with our experienced cosmetic dentists at our Glenview, Illinois porcelain veneer practice to learn more about your options.

posted by Erica at 3:21 PM

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