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Choosing Porcelain Veneers or Dental Crowns

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Choosing Porcelain Veneers or Dental Crowns

Everyone wants a smile that is a picture of good oral health, but which is picture perfect, too. At L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts in Washington, DC, our goal is to provide patients with the healthiest teeth and gums, but also offer a long list of cosmetic dentistry solutions that ensure a smile looks as appealing as it is healthy. Interestingly enough, we often find that some patients require both cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments. However, as your preferred dentist in Washington, DC, we can say that there are two treatments typically create a question for a patient, and that question is “porcelain veneers or dental crowns?”


Which Restoration is Right?

Let’s take some time to figure out why we would suggest one over the other. Let’s begin with porcelain veneers. These are thin shells of incredibly rugged porcelain that are custom designed specifically for you. Also called dental veneers, they are meant to mask an array of issues as diverse as deep staining that cannot be whitened, gaps, chips and cracks, misalignment and more. They are bonded to the surface of the tooth and allow you to eat, speak and look like normal.

Dental crowns, on the other hand, are not just a “veneer” or thin layer over the surface. They too are made of incredibly strong materials, but fit over the entire tooth, like a shield or cap. They are made to provide the same strength when chewing as the original tooth, and will be bonded in place and remain there for decades afterward.

Porcelain Veneers


So, Porcelain Veneers or Dental Crowns?

A cosmetic dentist can suggest the use of either porcelain veneers or dental crowns based on your needs. For example, cosmetically, crowns can be used for back teeth, like molars, that are deeply stained or chipped. Yet, if a tooth is damaged and vulnerable to further breakage, decay or loss, a crown can be used for it as a form of restoration.

This is the key to the question of porcelain veneers or dental crowns. If a treatment is meant to be strictly and completely cosmetic, and it is for the teeth at the front of the mouth, it is probably best solved by veneers. If a tooth is compromised in any way and cannot be “faced” with a thin shell of porcelain, it will require a crown.


Refresh Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers or Dental Crowns

Did this answer the question for you? If not, feel free to give us a call at our Washington DC dental office at 202-488-8300. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.


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