Veneers, Crowns and Bridges – What's the Difference

Porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and dental bridges all have different applications in the field of cosmetic dentistry.

Porcelain veneers are very thin, custom-made porcelain shells that are created to fit over the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are translucent, stain resistant, and the color can be selected to give you a brighter smile. Although porcelain veneers are generally use in cosmetic dentistry to give people new and better smile, they are also used to repair dental problems. Porcelain veneers can correct:

· Worn Teeth

· Misaligned Teeth

· Disfigured Teeth

· Chipped Teeth

· Cracked Teeth

· Gaps

· Discolored Teeth

Dental crowns are used to repair teeth that are significantly worn, cracked, or broken from decay, an improper bite, grinding, clenching, age, or old fillings. Crowns are used to cover the entire portion of the tooth above the gum line. By providing a new surface, the crown gives the tooth stability, strength, and durability.

Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike partial dentures, bridges are cemented to two dental crowns on either side of the gap and can not be removed. People with dental bridges must pay close attention to their dental hygiene because food may get trapped around the dental bridge and can create serious health problems.

Although dental veneers, crowns, and bridges are all used to correct dental problems, they are all very different and they correct very different problems. Cosmetic dentists can use veneers, bridges, and crowns to either give you the smile that you have always wanted or to correct any problems that you have with your teeth.