There are plenty of options available if you are looking for ways to improve the appearance of your teeth. Many if not most adults are self-conscious about their smiles, but with treatments such as crowns and veneers available, there is no reason why you should be. You should, however, carefully consider which of these options will be the best investment and which will yield the results you are looking for.
Crowns have long been the standard treatment for teeth that are damaged or broken. Patients who receive a crown will first have a dentist remove the damaged area of the tooth, sterilize it and shave the remaining material of the tooth down so that a cap can be fitted and affixed on top. An idea candidate will have sufficient bone density and tissue to support the crown. Some of the benefits include the following:
- Natural looking
- Full restoration of function
Like crowns, veneers improve the general appearance of your smile. Unlike crowns, however, that is essentially all that they do. While crowns can restore full function to a damaged tooth, veneers will do little more than make your teeth look pretty. Patients whose concerns are primarily cosmetic, however, are ideal candidates. If you opt for veneers, you can enjoy these benefits:
- Totally natural looking
- Resistant to stains and wear
- Coverage for chips and discoloration
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Crowns and veneers each offer their own unique benefits, so if you are trying to decide on one, it is best to consult with your dentist. Making an appointment is the best way to get more information and find out which option is best suited to your unique dental needs.