Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain), and they are designed to cover the front side of your teeth. To prepare for veneers, your doctor will create a unique model of your teeth. This model is sent to the dental technician to create your veneers. Before placing your new veneer, your doctor may need to conservatively prepare your tooth to achieve the desired aesthetic result.
When placed, you’ll be pleased to see that veneers look like your natural teeth. While veneers are stain-resistant, your doctor may recommend that you avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco to maintain the beauty of your new smile.
The success of your bridge depends on its foundation – the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it’s very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw as healthy and strong as possible.
Put simply, a crown is a kind of “cap” that is cemented to an existing tooth and usually covers the entire portion of the tooth that sits above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the color and translucency of natural teeth and are very strong. Unlike fillings, which apply the metal or porcelain directly into your mouth, crowns are fabricated in a lab from your unique tooth impression. This allows a dental lab technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements and sculpt a perfect-fitting crown that will keep your bite and jaw movements functioning normally after the crown is placed.
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