Veneers are very thin, tooth coloured shells that fit exactly over the front surface of your teeth to improve the appearance of your smile.
They will cover stained or discoloured teeth, correct misshapen teeth and teeth that are chipped or broken. They may also be able to fill in gaps between teeth that are widely spaced.
There are two types of veneer.
Porcelain veneers are made in a dental laboratory to the exact shape of your tooth. They are strong and look very natural and also resist staining.
Composite veneers can also look very natural. They are made directly onto your tooth by the dentist, they are more prone to staining than porcelain veneers but they are easily re-polished if that should occur. The cost of a composite veneer is generally less than that of a porcelain veneer.
Depending on your needs and and your problem one type or another may be preferable. At Dixon Dental your dentist will be able to advise the best option for you.
A dental crown or cap fits exactly over the natural tooth to save and strengthen a natural tooth that has been damaged in some way.
They are frequently placed over back teeth to create a strong chewing tooth but when placed on front teeth they also improve the appearance of the smile.
Making a crown is a highly skilled job. The dentist must shape the tooth and take very accurate impressions. The crown is then made in a dental laboratory to the exact specifications of the dentist. The crown will then be seated and cemented in place by the dentist who will ensure that it fits exactly into your bite.
Crowns may be tooth coloured or made of another precious metal. If they are near the front of the mouth and can be seen when you smile they will be made to match the colour of your surrounding teeth, if they are at the back of the mouth they may be gold. Each type has certain advantages which your dentist will explain to you.