Veneers are the gold standard of care in cosmetic dentistry. Created in a dental laboratory, from an impression taken in the dental office, they are ultra-thin sculpted pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain that fit over the front of your teeth.
The porcelain is bonded directly onto your teeth. Veneers typically cost less than crowns and won’t stain, making them popular means of improving your smile. Since they last for up to 15 years, veneers can be an exceptional value for you.
Crowns are similar to veneers, because they too are attached to individual teeth. Unlike veneers, however, which are placed only on the front of the tooth, crowns completely cover the tooth on all sides, helping to correct any problems with alignment. Crowns are also used to repair teeth that have undergone root canals, have severe erosion, or extreme malposition – essentially any situation that needs greater strength combined with aesthetics. Having crowns applied takes two or three visits. The expense of this procedure depends on the number of teeth being treated and the extent of the damage. While your permanent crowns are created in a dental laboratory, you’ll wear temporary crowns that maintain your appearance and ability to function.
Bridges are used to replace your missing teeth with a “span” of porcelain that covers the gap. Bridges are useful as corrective measures after an accident or serious dental decay or severe periodontal disease resulting in tooth loss.