How veneers and crowns correct cosmetic concerns in Cleveland, OH
Chips, gaps, cracks, wear and tear, stubborn discoloration, and other imperfections can make us feel less than confident about the appearance of our smiles; however, these and other cosmetic irregularities can be corrected with veneers and crowns. Dr. Tony Lu applies his aesthetic training and skill to design and apply dental materials that are perfectly color-matched to your teeth. From the Downtown Dental Services office in Cleveland, OH, he will examine your mouth and talk about your personal preferences and goals for treatment to determine the best approach.
Veneers may be made from dental ceramics such as porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are referred to as “indirect” veneers, whereas composite resin veneers are characterized as “direct” veneers or dental bonding. Both types of veneers are used to cover up or disguise cosmetic imperfections. Thin layers of porcelain are securely affixed to natural tooth enamel that has been slightly reduced in size to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. So, that way, the veneer fits exactly right and does not stick out too much or look fake. Composite resin is a pliable material that is placed directly on the teeth and shaped by Dr. Lu to cover gaps, alter the contours of a tooth, or to add the appearance of “height” to a worn tooth. The material is then hardened or securely bonded to the natural tooth. No alteration of natural enamel is required. Since little to no enamel is altered for veneers, treatment is typically well-tolerated, and sensitivity is minimized.
During your consultation, Dr. Lu will discuss the pros and cons of porcelain veneers and composite resin veneers with you.
Dental ceramics and/or metal alloys may be used to make crowns. Your natural crown is the part of the tooth that is seen above the gumline. If the crown suffers from damage, a new crown may be made with dental materials. So, it is a more extensive and restorative treatment. In some cases, crowns may be appropriate to address cosmetic issues. A very poorly shaped tooth, for instance, can be treated with a crown. The crown is placed over the top of natural tooth structure that is “prepared.” This treatment, in turn, both preserves natural teeth and corrects cosmetic or functional problems. Crowned teeth can be cared for like natural teeth and are built to last. Schedule your free cosmetic consultation at the Downtown Dental Services office.