If your teeth need to look better and function better, you might wonder which treatment is right for you: dental crowns or porcelain veneers? Dr. Sepiashvili and Dr. Mejia at Advanced Dentistry in Westchester county have all the answers you’re looking for to reach a decision. Discover what’s right for you, dental crowns or porcelain veneers.

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Dental Crowns

The main difference between dental crowns and porcelain veneers is the thickness of each treatment. Dental crowns are typically much thicker than porcelain veneers since they cover your entire tooth. In some cases, the only part of your natural tooth that is left is just enough to support the dental crown.

The main purpose of dental crowns is to restore both the functionality of your tooth as well as the aesthetics. For instance, if you lost a good portion of your tooth to decay, a dental crown could restore your tooth to look whole again. Dental crowns can also be used to replace missing teeth when they are connected to a dental implant. In addition, dental crowns are perfect for giving your teeth a new shape or helping them look longer if your teeth are too short for your face or they are worn down from grinding. If you’re looking for more of a restorative option that also benefits your appearance, dental crowns might be for you. They also last much longer than porcelain veneers. A dental crown can last for decades before needing to be replaced. With proper care, they might even last the rest of your life.

Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are more to benefit the appearance of your smile. While they can hide flaws in your teeth like cracks, chips or stains, they are not meant to restore broken teeth. Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Only the front of your teeth will look different after the veneers are placed. Since porcelain veneers are not as strong as dental crowns, they are only recommended for healthy teeth that want to improve their appearance. Veneers must also be replaced every ten years or so. If you’re looking for a way to enhance the appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers are your top choice.

While dental crowns and porcelain veneers can both help you have a whiter, straighter and more symmetrical smile, they serve different purposes in the long run. Discover which treatment is best for you by scheduling an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists by calling (914) 526-2144.