Patients considering covering damaged teeth or teeth with cosmetic imperfections are often offered the choice between crowns and veneers. These two options have distinct advantages and disadvantages, and are often used for different purposes.
Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover the entire tooth, down to the gum line. Crowns can be made from porcelain, metal alloys, ceramic, and even porcelain that is fused to a metal base. Although crowns can be used to cover a badly stained or misshapen tooth, they are typically employed when the tooth has a structural problem, such as when the tooth is severely worn down or has a large chip or crack in it. This is because crowns are designed to protect the structural integrity of the tooth.
Veneers also cover the teeth, but they only cover the fronts of the teeth. Veneers are typically made from porcelain or ceramic, because these materials more closely match the look of the natural tooth. The primary purpose of veneers is to correct cosmetic problems with the smile. Veneers are typically used to cover badly stained teeth, teeth with minor spacing or alignment problems, or unusually small teeth, to name a few examples.
If you would like to learn more about your options for covering damaged or flawed teeth, contact Dr. Parsa Zadeh, dentist in Beverly Hills. Dr. Zadeh, Beverly Hills dental crowns expert, can examine your smile and help you decide which option is best for your needs.