Orland Park Cosmetic Dentist – What’s the Difference Between Porcelain Veneers and Crowns?

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We absolutely love doing smile makeovers for patients who feel insecure about their smile due to chips, missing teeth, discoloration, or unwanted gaps. It is such a gift to be able to watch them walk out our doors with a beaming smile that they’re confident about after getting a porcelain crown or veneers.

It can change your whole life when you feel good about your smile! Don’t believe us? Studies have shown that smiling activates the release of neuropeptides that can actually fight stress, which not only relaxes your body, but also lowers your heart rate and blood pressure.

At Inspire Dental Wellness, we use porcelain crowns and veneers to transform our patient’s smiles. However, we know it can be difficult to know which is the best option. In this blog, we’ll go over the differences between porcelain veneers and crowns so you will know which is right for you!

The 411 on Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that get applied to the teeth to enhance the appearance of your smile. They also provide added strength and resilience so your teeth not only look great, they work better than ever, too!

Veneers are one of the fastest and most dramatic ways to improve your smile. They can address many issues, including permanent staining, cracks, chips, or gaps between teeth. Porcelain veneers are also a great option if you want more uniform teeth, for example, if you feel your teeth are misshapen or differently sized.

Something a lot of people don’t realize about porcelain veneers is that the application is fairly customizable. You don’t have to get veneers for your entire smile if you don’t need them. For example, if you have a chip or injury that only affects a few teeth, you can get veneers applied to just those teeth and leave the rest as is.

Porcelain veneers will usually last between 10-20 years if you take good care of them. You need to brush and floss them regularly, and it’s also important that you keep up with your bi-annual cleanings so we can make sure everything still looks great!

Now Let’s Talk About Crowns

Crowns are also made out of porcelain and are placed on top of your existing tooth, so what makes them different from veneers? The difference lies in how they are placed. Veneers are applied to the front of the tooth whereas crowns are more like a “cap” that is made to fit over the entire tooth.

In addition to making your smile more attractive, crowns actually make your teeth stronger. We like to recommend porcelain crowns for patients who have severe decay, large fractured fillings, or past root canals. You’ll get the smile you’ve always wanted, plus you won’t have to worry about your teeth being weak or vulnerable.

Porcelain crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth, so no one will ever know that you have them. With proper care and regular check-ups, your crowns can last up to 15 years. We think that’s a pretty good investment!

Inspire Dental Wellness in Orland Park is proud to provide dentistry for the entire family. Whether your child needs a dental cleaning or you need to discuss a smile makeover, we want to be your dental team! Connect with us today to schedule your appointment or consultation.

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