When you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your teeth, you may feel embarrassed and shy away from smiling and connecting with others. We offer several treatment options to help patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Crowns and veneers can help transform your smile and boost your self-confidence.
At our Rancho Cucamonga, CA, practice, Dr. Sharon Mateja takes the time to understand your personal goals. Several factors will determine which solution is most effective for your needs. Here, our team explores crowns vs. veneers and explains each option in more detail so our patients can be informed about their treatment options.
A crown is a custom tooth cap used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay, wear, and other dental problems. Crowns can also transform the appearance of the teeth. They can be fabricated from several different materials, including all-ceramic, zirconia, and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM).
Veneers are ultra-thin porcelain shells that are customized to fit on the front surfaces of the teeth. They are only used for cosmetic purposes, to mask imperfections affecting the front teeth. Veneers provide an immediate, noticeable difference in the appearance of your smile.
Who Are the Best Candidates for Treatments?
During a consultation at our Rancho Cucamonga office, Dr. Mateja examines your teeth and gums to determine if crowns or veneers are right for you. Crowns work best for patients with:
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Severe wear and tear
- Weakened teeth due to root canals
- Extreme discoloration and stains
Veneers are a great solution for patients who want straighter, whiter teeth. They are ideal for patients with:
- Small gaps
- Chips, cracks, and breaks
- Slightly uneven teeth
- Discoloration and stains
How Are Crowns Placed?
For most patients, two appointments are required for dental crown placement. During the first visit, Dr. Mateja removes any decay or damage to prep the tooth. She also takes impressions of the teeth, which are sent to the lab for crown fabrication, a process that usually takes at least two weeks. In the meantime, you can receive temporary crowns.
Patients return to our office when the permanent crowns are ready. Dr. Mateja can make any needed alterations to the shape, color, and fit of the crowns before they are cemented into place.
How Are Veneers Placed?
Veneers are also commonly placed in two separate visits. At the first appointment, a small layer of enamel is removed from the tooth. This allows the veneer to sit flush with surrounding teeth. After impressions of the teeth are made, Dr. Mateja sends them to the laboratory. Technicians will fabricate veneers that match the shade and shape of your natural teeth. Temporary veneers can be placed for some patients.
The permanent veneers are completed in about two weeks, at which time the patient comes back to the office. A bonding material is used to attach the veneers to the surface of the teeth. The dentist finishes the process by using a special light to harden the cement and secure the veneer to the tooth.
Schedule a Consultation
Do you want to learn more about crowns and veneers? If so, you can schedule a consultation at our Rancho Cucamonga practice by calling (909) 989-5959 or visiting us online.