What’s the difference between porcelain veneers and dental crowns?

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Dental crowns and porcelain veneers are both used to improve the appearance of your teeth, but they’re used for different reasons. Veneers have replaced dental crowns as treatment for some situations, but the two aren’t interchangeable.

So what’s the difference and why are they used?

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers don’t restore teeth; they improve their appearance. They can only be used on the front teeth, and they can correct the following dental issues:

  • chipped or cracked teeth;
  • minor gaps between teeth;
  • minor misaligned teeth; and/or
  • misshapen teeth.

Dentists do not have to restructure the front teeth to make room for a veneer like they do crowns, so veneers are the preferred treatment when possible.[..Read More]

Porcelain Veneers Can Broaden Your Narrow Smile

Narrow Smiles

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Porcelain veneers are most commonly used as a method of teeth whitening and as a way to cover chipped or broken teeth. However, porcelain veneers can be used for other tricks, such as covering up a gap in your teeth or broadening a narrow smile.

Dentists call a narrow smile one where most of the teeth point downward or inward, while the two front teeth angle out or appear to be more prominent. Narrow smiles often shadow the other teeth, causing them to appear darker than they really are.

Orthodontics are often recommended to correct this, but porcelain veneers are a great option for those who don’t need braces for other reasons. Veneers can be bonded to only the teeth you need to broaden, thereby exposing more teeth in your smile and reducing the prominence of your front two teeth.[..Read More]

People Considered Healthier and Smarter with Straight Teeth

Everyone wants to live up to the mantra of not judging a book by its cover, but no one can deny that they do plenty of cover judging. According to a new study from the makers of Invisalign and Kelton research, straight teeth is a huge factor in first impression assumptions.

Kelton presented images of people with varying smiles and teeth to a sample of 1,047 Americans, and then asked the participants to give their honest opinions about the people in the images. The research participants were completely unaware that they were asked to compare straight and crooked teeth. The results were loud and clear: Americans typically assume that people with straight teeth are happier, healthier, and more successful professionally than those with crooked teeth.

Nearly one-third of the participants said that one’s teeth is the first feature they notice with new people. Twenty-four percent said that one’s teeth is the feature they remember the most after meeting someone.[..Read More]

Dental Treatments to Close Gaps

You can tell almost instantly when someone doesn’t like how their teeth look when they smile. Or, more accurately, when they try to hide their smile with either their hands or by smiling with their lips closed. If you’re suffering from this malady and the cause is gaps between your teeth, don’t think that braces are your only option for a dental solution.

In most cases, you can get the same gap-closing result with porcelain veneers.

If the gaps between your teeth are small to moderate, than porcelain veneers can easily correct the problem in a fraction of the time and nearly half the cost. Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain. Your dentist bonds them to the front of your teeth, which makes them as strong and as durable as your actual teeth. By simply creating shells that will overlap the gap between your teeth, your undesired space will be closed.[..Read More]

How to Find Alternatives to Dental Surgery

Nobody likes the idea of going through surgery. The whole notion of razors, anesthetics, healing time, and even rehabilitation adds up for a long and stressful time. However, before you agree with jumping under the knife, there are a few ways you can go about avoiding these costly procedures.

The first thing you should do when looking for an alternative to surgery is to sit down with your dentist for an in-depth discussion on your teeth. There maybe a possibility that you can treat the ailment at home by sprucing up your oral hygiene or changing your diet. This will only work if problems are found early enough for simple lifestyle changes to work. Regular visits to your dentist are a must for this option to be viable.

Another item you can talk with your dentist about is if a series of smaller procedures will correct your current situation. Items like crowns and dental veneers can be used in place of minor surgical procedures. These maybe more time consuming, but for smaller issues can be easier than a full blown surgery.

If your dentist gives you no other option other than going under the knife, it is time to seek out a second, or third, opinion. Talking with other dentists can be a great way to get a more varied opinion on your current situation. You may also find that another dentist has a solution that is every bit as effective, yet will require no dental surgery. Make sure you are getting second opinions from reputable people as well.

There is also the option of searching the Internet. The Internet is full of information, and you most likely are not alone in your dental diagnosis. Being informed on your ailments will help you when chatting with your dentist. You can also join online communities and talk about what solutions other people have come across in the past. There is a wide world of information out there, you just need to dig through it for what will benefit you.

Finally, there is the dreaded insurance call. If you are facing any major procedure, it is always a good idea to chat with your insurance company to see what they will and will not cover. They may advise you to seek another opinion, try a different solution, or even direct you to a better procedure. The key is that you want to make sure whatever direction you end up going is covered by your insurance company and that they know what is going on.

The best thing you can do to avoid dental surgery of any kind is to maintain good oral hygiene. Stay away from gobs of sugar, brush and floss your teeth regularly, and swing by your dentist every six months. A properly maintained mouth is a happy, less surgical dependent mouth!