What’s the Difference Between Veneers, Crowns, and Bridges?
Whether your dentist made the suggestion or you simply suspect your smile is in need of a major overhaul, you may be toying with the idea of crowns or veneers. But maybe you’re not sure which option is right for you or you’re terrified to walk out of the office with a mouthful of Chiclets and a hefty bill.
Don’t worry—we’ll walk you through the basics and help you figure out how to choose the option that’s beautiful, natural, and right for your situation.
What’s the Deal With Veneers?
Veneers just cover the front surface of your tooth and are generally used to make slight to moderate changes to your tooth that look natural.
- Why you might need veneers: Your tooth is discolored, chipped, worn, or misaligned. You may also consider veneers if you’re ready to say sayonara to the gaps between your teeth.
- Why they’re great: They’re often made of porcelain, a material that’s strong, stain resistant, and well tolerated by gum tissue. They can also look incredibly natural and they’re a more conservative approach to changing your tooth’s shape and color since there’s generally not a lot of intense prep required.
- How they work: Veneers are wafer-thin, so your dentist won’t have to remove much of your tooth’s surface to make them fit. Usually, he or she will just trim about half a millimeter of enamel, temporarily bond the veneer to make sure it fits, and finally cement it in place.
What’s the Deal With Crowns?
Otherwise known as a cap, a crown covers the entire tooth, unlike a veneer, which just covers the visible surface.
- Why you might need a crown: If your tooth is fractured, has a large, old filling, or is severely damaged by decay.
- Why they’re great: They strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can totally transform your smile (in a good way). Back in the day, a bad tooth would need to be extracted—no ifs, ands, or buts. Now you can salvage what’s left with a crown.
- How they work: Crowns are much thicker than veneers so when a dentist prepares you for a crown, he or she will need to reduce your tooth to a small nub. But don’t freak out: the cemented crown will take the place of the damaged enamel and give your tooth a brand new lease on life.
What About Bridges?
If one crown isn’t enough to remedy your problem, a bridge—two or more crowns—can do the trick.
- Why you might need a bridge: You’re missing a tooth or a bunch of teeth and want to fill in the gap.
- Why they’re great: Some people opt for implants when they’re missing teeth. And that’s a great option—but it can be pricey and sometimes impractical. Bridges are a long-lasting alternative that can fill most gaps and look great.
Ready to talk over your options with a pro? iSmile Dental in Brooklyn, New York has you covered. Contact us through our website or give us a call: (718) 384 – 8880 for our Williamsburg, Brooklyn office or our Park Slope, Brooklyn location at 857 Union Street.