We are constantly using our teeth for chewing, grinding, biting, and other things. Even when they aren’t being used, they are still being affected, especially if they aren’t properly being brushed, flossed, and rinsed. Time, use and lack of care can cause teeth to become chipped, fractured, decayed, and weak. When these issues arise with our Houston dental patients, we often start discussing veneers and crowns.
Veneers and crowns are used on teeth that need protecting or lack in beauty. Our Houston cosmetic dentistry team are able to evaluate a patient’s current and potentially future oral status and make recommendations accordingly.
When to Choose Between Porcelain Veneers and Full Porcelain Crowns
“It really depends on the case,” says Dr. Amanda Canto, cosmetic dentist in Houston. “If the teeth have more than 45 percent coverage in filling material, then it is better to put porcelain all the way around it.”
If there are problems with your teeth in only small areas, like just the front, then placing a porcelain veneer on the front of the tooth will cover up the unaesthetic side and will still enable the patient to function correctly with their teeth.
“The porcelain veneer normally is more of a front-facing and sometimes goes over the edge and the sides.”
If the the tooth has multiple issues and has become extremely weakened, then a complete covering is necessary. This would require a full porcelain crown.
Porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns are extremely durable and can typically last anywhere between 10 and 20 years. They also look very natural and are made to match the existing teeth, so they don’t stand out and make the patient’s smile look abnormal.
At Cosmetic Dentists of Houston, we are continually striving to make every patient’s smile as beautiful and healthy as possible. If you are wondering if you should receive porcelain veneers or full porcelain crowns, then you should schedule your dentist appointment today and let us evaluate your situation.