Veneers and crowns

Veneers and crowns

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain facings that are permanently bonded to the outer surfaces of teeth. They have the ability to change the colour, shape and alignment of teeth on which they are placed.

What are porcelain crowns?

Porcelain crowns are very similar to porcelain veneers. The principal difference is the amount of tooth structure covered by the porcelain. Crowns cover more tooth structure, and are therefore often required when a substantial amount of tooth structure has been lost (e.g. broken teeth, root-filled teeth). The appearance of a porcelain crown is identical to that of a porcelain veneer when viewed in a smile.

Do I need a porcelain veneer or a crown?

We evaluate each tooth individually and place the restoration most appropriate to each patient’s needs. Often in cases involving multiple teeth a combination of porcelain veneers and crowns is placed.

How long do porcelain veneers and crowns last?

With good home care and regular dental visits the lifespan of a porcelain veneer or crown is usually at least 15 years. Porcelain veneers and crowns are stain resistant and do not discolour at all.

Will the porcelain veneers and crowns look natural?

At Dental Artistry our principal aim is to provide our patients with beautiful, natural looking smiles. Dr Sauer’s training, experience, and artistic eye ensure that all of our porcelain veneers and crowns look like real teeth, as opposed to the often bulky and artificial-looking veneers placed by less exacting dentists. We also ensure your complete satisfaction with your aesthetic result by allowing for your input into the design, shape and colour of your veneers and crowns.

How many dental visits are required?

Porcelain veneers and crowns can usually be completed in 2 or 3 dental visits. During the first visit the teeth are prepared and temporary veneers/crowns are placed. These temporary restorations are made to the patient’s specifications, and act to cover the prepared teeth while the permanent veneers/crowns are made. The patient therefore leaves their first appointment with a beautiful new smile.

What will the temporary veneers and crowns look like?

At Dental Artistry we take great care to make your temporary veneers and crowns look fantastic. We understand how important it is that our patients do not have to “face the world” with less than perfect looking teeth whilst their porcelain restorations are manufactured. We are proud to say that most people who view our temporary veneers and crowns think that they are looking at the finished product!