Differences between Dental Caps and Veneers

Differences between Dental Caps and VeneersCovering the teeth is a quick and effective way to mask imperfections. Both dental caps and veneers can hide cosmetic dental flaws, such as deeply stained teeth, irregularly shaped teeth, badly worn teeth, and more. Dr. Alan Frame, cosmetic dentist in Santa Clara, can place both dental caps and porcelain veneers for patients to help improve their smiles.

Dental caps, also known as dental crowns, are tooth-shaped caps that cover the teeth. They can hide a number of cosmetic dental problems, and they are especially useful for hiding teeth that are chipped, worn, or irregularly shaped. An added benefit of dental crowns is that they strengthen the teeth. Because they form a protective shell around the tooth, covering it from the chewing surface all the way down to the gum line. As a result, crowns are also used to help protect a tooth with structural problems, such as cracked teeth or teeth that had a large portion removed because of tooth decay.

Dental veneers, on the other hand, are thin shells that cover just the fronts of the teeth. Veneers hide a number of flaws, such as teeth that are oddly shaped, unusually small, or stained. Because they do not cover the entire tooth, they do not make the teeth stronger. Unlike crowns, however, they do not require that a great deal of the tooth is removed to accommodate them. Instead, the dentist can just remove a small amount of enamel from the fronts of the teeth.

Call Dr. Frame, expert in porcelain veneers in Santa Clara, to schedule a consultation for either crowns or veneers. Dr. Frame will examine your teeth and help you decide which option is best for hiding your particular cosmetic dental problem.

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