COSMETIC dentistry in baton rouge

Veneers vs Crowns

You want a gorgeous smile, but you haven’t kept up with all the advances in cosmetic dentistry. That’s O.K.! Our team at Glenstone Dental in Baton Rouge, LA, can help you decide if veneers or dental crowns are the best options to beautify and brighten your smile.

dental veneers color test in a smiling teenager

What are veneers?

Veneers are a restorative covering that goes over deformed, stained, or misaligned teeth. They’re used by celebrities and A-listers to create the illusion of a perfect smile, but it’s very convincing! An extremely thin layer of veneer is bonded to the outside of the teeth to transform its appearance. 

It is both a technical and aesthetic art to make veneers that look just right. Most veneers are made of porcelain that is cured in a fire to make a perfect “tooth” like a work of fine pottery. In the past, the top layer of your natural teeth had to be carved away a bit to give the adhesive a chance of bonding properly.

However, there have been many advances in veneers, such that you don’t necessarily need to lose a layer of your teeth anymore to have them applied. The results now are so expertly crafted that you can seldom tell the difference between real teeth and a set of veneers.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are “caps” that fit over an existing tooth that’s been damaged or is completely missing. In this case, the brown is anchored on the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. Crowns are a good option if your smile is relatively even and bright, with healthy existing teeth but one or two are damaged or missing. Commonly used materials used to create crowns include porcelain, metal, or even gold.

A consultation with a dentist can help you determine if a crown or veneers are better for your particular situation.

Schedule an appointment right away

You don’t have to wait for your next regularly scheduled dental appointment or cleaning to find out if veneers or dental crowns will most enhance your natural smile. You can schedule an appointment today and find out how gorgeous your smile can actually be.