Porcelain Veneers or Cosmetic Dental Crowns

Good for your Waistline but Not Your Teeth
February 1, 2020

Porcelain Veneers or Cosmetic Dental Crowns


Both porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental crowns are used to repair stained, cracked, and chipped teeth. However, porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental crowns are also used to create an entirely new smile.

With that being said, knowing the difference is essential if you want to make an informed choice.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of dental porcelain that fit over the fronts of teeth. Be aware that they are permanent because some removal of the tooth is required. This makes for a perfect fit. If you have ever seen someone who looks like the have Chiclet teeth, they probably didn’t see an experienced cosmetic dentist in Walla Walla.

Dr. Karmy has the experience and the expertise to place porcelain veneers, which take two dental appointments to complete.

What are Cosmetic Dental Crowns?

Much like dental veneers as they cover cracked, chipped and stained teeth, cosmetic dental crowns fit over the whole tooth, not just the fronts. Because they cap the tooth cosmetic dental crowns are more invasive than porcelain veneers as more of the tooth needs to be removed for a tight fit.

Cosmetic dental crowns are made from dental grade materials and cap the tooth. If your tooth is badly damaged, dental crowns instead of veneers may be recommended.

The Veneer and Crown Process

Both dental veneers and cosmetic dental crowns require x-rays and digital pictures. After initial preparations are made, a portion of the tooth is removed. This is to make way for the porcelain veneer or dental crown.

Most people require temporary veneers or temporary cosmetic dental crowns as teeth are usually too unsightly.

Once your dental restorations are ready, your Walla Walla cosmetic dentist will check for color and fit before cementing into place and polishing to perfection.

Both of these cosmetic dental procedures take two or three dental appointments to complete.

If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers or cosmetic dental crowns, call and schedule a no obligation consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Walla Walla today.

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