As anyone who has badly stained teeth, or teeth that are chipped or cracked, they’re only too aware of how unattractive this makes what would otherwise be a quite pleasant smile. In the past problems such as these would usually be covered with dental crowns but nowadays at our Southampton Dental clinic we often recommend using veneers instead.
Veneers versus Crowns
Although crowns have been a mainstay of cosmetic dentistry for many years an ever increasing number of dentists and individuals opt for veneers in certain circumstances. Veneers have many advantages over crowns including:
- A veneer is less invasive than a crown and requires only minimum restructuring of the tooth
- Veneers are matched to the exact colour of your teeth
- Porcelain veneers closely resemble tooth enamel
- Veneers are extremely versatile and can be used for a number of cosmetic issues
Due to their versatility and natural looks veneers are often used to treat many minor issues with the appearance of teeth which previously would have been treated by a crown. A cosmetic dentist in Southampton may recommend you have veneers if you suffer from any of the following:
- Small gaps between your teeth
- Badly stained teeth
- Teeth that are chipped
- Cracked teeth
- Minor misalignment
- Asymmetrical teeth
Veneers give a person the chance to totally transform their smile for the better without having to restructure their teeth and, in the case of minor misalignments, without the need to wear a brace. When the teeth are prepared for a veneer just a small layer of enamel is removed whereas in order to have a crown fitted, the whole of the tooth will have to be modified to make room for it.
When crowns may be a better choice
In certain circumstances where the tooth has undergone major damage then a crown may be the better option. These situations include teeth that are severely cracked or where root canal treatment has taken place. In cases such as these a crown will be used to keep the tooth intact and prevent it from further damage which could result in extraction being necessary.
If your smile is letting you down then why not get in touch with Smile Makers and arrange an appointment with Dr. Thomas Darling. As a Southampton cosmetic dentist, he’ll examine your teeth and recommend the best treatments to give you a perfect healthy smile. Call today on 02380 442626 to make an appointment or visit our website at www.smilemakers.co.uk to find out more about all the treatments that we offer.