A wonderful result for this patient by Russell Blanchard, using veneers and crowns to create a beautiful smile.
For more information on Veneers and Crowns please see below or visit our Cosmetic Dentistry page.
Veneers – Porcelain veneers are thin facings of porcelain that can be cemented to the front surface of teeth to change their shape, colour, size and position. Unlike a crown they do not cover the whole of the tooth and so require less drilling to sound tooth tissue. Porcelain veneers are very commonly used in techniques such as “smile design” where all of the visible teeth are fitted with veneers to give a balanced, harmonious, white tooth smile that extends to the corners of the mouth.
Crowns – Porcelain Crowns are designed to cover the whole of the tooth so no natural tooth tissue is visible above the gum margin. A porcelain crown can be “all ceramic” which means it is made from porcelain only or “porcelain fused to metal” which means that there is an underlying metal core. The all ceramic type is used where maximum aesthetics are required and where the load on the crown will not be too high. The porcelain fused to metal crowns are used where greater strength is required.
Typically crowns are used to restore very damaged teeth that have already been heavily filled. They can transform the appearance of very damaged or deformed teeth and provide excellent long term solutions. They were used much more in the past to cover dark root filled teeth and very stained teeth before we had whitening techniques available to us.