Having a white smile can be an almost impossible task, particularly if you have severely stained or damaged teeth. Some types of stains cannot be eradicated during teeth whitening procedures. No matter how good professional teeth whitening procedures may be, they cannot transform severely stained teeth.
You might wonder what options a person with severely stained teeth may have to achieve a whiter smile. I mean, will you have to live with stained teeth? The answer is no. There are ways to brighten your smile even though you have severely stained teeth.
There are two cosmetic dentistry procedures our dentist in Concord, CA, offers that can brighten and transform your smile. Dental crowns and veneers have been used to help patients with stained teeth and other dental issues improve their smiles and oral health.
Let’s take a detailed look at these two excellent dental restorations and when you might need them.
Dental crowns and veneers are phenomenal dental restoration techniques that can transform your smile and overall oral health.
Dental crowns in Concord are dental restorations that are cap shaped and about 2mm thick, designed to cover an entire affected tooth. Crowns can be formed from porcelain, metal alloy, and porcelain fused to metal, zirconia, or composite resin.
Crowns like veneers come in shades that can match your natural teeth to achieve an inconspicuous look.
Dental veneers on the other hand, are wafer-thin dental restorations about 1mm thick that are designed only to cover the front part of an affected tooth. Dental veneers in Concord are bonded to the front part of the affected tooth to conceal and rectify dental issues such as stained teeth.
Veneers are primarily made of porcelain and are stain-resistant, meaning that your smile will stay white no matter what.
Whether it is dental crowns or veneers, our dentist may recommend you get them for different reasons. Primarily they are recommended as restoration methods to deal with various dental issues that might be affecting your smile and oral health.
Our dentist may recommend you get dental crowns if;
On the other hand, our dentist may recommend you get veneers to rectify the following dental cosmetic dental issues;
Both veneers and dental crowns can be used to deal with cosmetic dental issues that can negatively affect your smile and confidence. They can be matched to the shade and texture of your surrounding natural teeth to ensure that your smile is restored to as good as new or, in other cases, even better.
Both dental crowns and veneers can be used to redesign your smile. However, the procedure of getting either of these restorations differs. For instance, the process of getting veneers is considered minimally invasive, while that of dental crowns can be invasive.
Process of Getting a Crown
Before fitting you with a crown, our dentist will have to deal with any dental issue that is currently existing. For instance, if you have an infection currently, you will have to undergo a root canal, or if you have a cavity due to decay, you may have to get a filling.
After this, the affected tooth is filed down to ensure that the crown fits perfectly. The amount filed off depends on the type of crown being installed. An impression of the tooth being restored is then obtained. The impression may be a digital one or a physical mold. The image is then sent off to the lab to be used in customizing and designing your crown.
You will be fitted with a temporary crown as your permanent crown is being customized. When it’s ready, the temporary crown will be replaced with the permanent one, and our dentist will ensure that it fits perfectly over the tooth being restored.
Process of Getting a Veneer
An image of the tooth being restored will be obtained. After this, the tooth will be prepared for the procedure. A small amount of enamel may be filed off to shape the tooth and ensure the veneer will fit perfectly. The customized veneer is bonded onto the prepared surface using a special adhesive.
Contact us today at Concord Dental & Orthodontics for veneers, crowns, and any other cosmetic or restorative dental procedure.