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Porcelain Veneers vs. Dental Crowns

At Eastern Virginia Family & Cosmetic Dentistry our experienced cosmetic dentists offer a wide range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry options that can provide you with healthier, stronger, more beautiful teeth. If you are looking to eliminate disease, repair damage, and/or improve the aesthetics of your smile, Drs. Jeffrey and Clay Weisberg can match you with the appropriate treatments and restorations for achieving your goals. Two of the most popular procedures our dentists perform for patients are the custom design and placement of both porcelain veneers and dental crowns.

While porcelain veneers serve mainly aesthetic purposes by concealing a broad variety of cosmetic concerns, dental crowns can simultaneously restore the structure of damaged teeth and achieve natural-looking aesthetic improvements. If you have otherwise healthy teeth and would like to improve their color, luster, size, shape, length, alignment, and/or spacing with long-lasting results, porcelain veneers can be the ideal choice for perfecting your smile. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material that require only conservative preparation of each tooth to apply. Once they have been firmly bonded to the teeth, the luminous, natural-looking veneers can transform your smile with extraordinary results.

For patients with a badly injured or extensively decayed tooth, a dental crown is typically necessary to rebuild the strength and structure of the tooth’s body in a way that blends with the surrounding teeth. Porcelain dental crowns can also be the appropriate choice for resolving cosmetic concerns that cannot be adequately corrected with veneers. Unlike a porcelain veneer, a dental crown fits over the the entire surface area of the tooth. First, the required amount of damage, decay, or unwanted tooth material is removed (and root canal treatment can be performed if necessary), and then the custom dental crown is designed to fit perfectly over the remaining portion of the tooth. The final bonded crown protects the vulnerable tooth, restores tooth strength and function, and creates a natural-looking appearance.

Whatever your dental needs are, the dentists of Eastern Virginia Family & Cosmetic Dentistry have the experience, training, skill, and artistry to provide you with the high-quality results you deserve. For more information about our services, or to find out if porcelain veneers or dental crowns are right for you, we invite you to contact our office to schedule an appointment.