Both crowns and veneers can restore the appearance of the teeth.

If you are dissatisfied with the function or appearance of your teeth, you will be pleased to know that there are a number of options available when it comes to improving the overall condition of your smile. While both dental veneers and crowns are restorative treatments, there are some significant differences between the two. The biggest difference is that crowns are designed to cover the whole tooth, while a dental veneer covers just the front surface of the tooth. Read on to find out which treatment is most appropriate for you, and what the procedures involve…

What is the difference between the two?

Dental veneers are made from porcelain and are very thin. They are bonded to the front of the teeth to conceal cosmetic imperfections. Crowns, on the other hand, are much thicker and are designed to cover the entire tooth. Crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain and metal alloy. While veneers are often a good option in cases where it is necessary to conceal flaws like discolouration, chips, cracks and mild misalignment, crowns are often used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay. Crowns can also be used to restore teeth that have been damaged by general wear and tear, as well as broken or fractured teeth. They are also a common treatment used to strengthen teeth following root canal therapy, especially in cases where a large dental filling has been placed.

What do the treatments involve?

If you choose to have dental veneers placed, your teeth will need to be prepared first. A small amount of enamel will be shaved off of the surface of your teeth and an impression will be made. This impression will be used to fabricate your veneers. When they have been constructed, your veneers will be bonded onto the surface of the teeth before they are contoured and polished for a natural-looking appearance.

If you choose to have a crown placed, an impression of your tooth will be taken. This impression will then be sent to a dental laboratory where your crown will be fabricated. A temporary crown will be applied while you wait for your permanent restoration. At your next appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and your permanent crown will be carefully secured in place.

How can we help?

Professor Jim Ironside offers a range of restorative and cosmetic treatments, including dental veneers and crowns. The veneers that we provide are made from porcelain and are as thin as a contact lens — they are an ideal solution for patients who would like to conceal chips, stains, discolouration, and misalignment. If you are considering veneers, we encourage you to come in for a consultation so that Professor Jim Ironside can make sure that you are not suffering from any underlying dental issues, like decay or gum disease. If these issues are identified, they will be resolved before you go ahead with your cosmetic treatment. If you would like to find out more about porcelain veneers at Ironside Advanced Dental, please have a look here.

The dental crowns available at Ironside Advanced Dental are an effective treatment for patients with broken or weakened teeth. They can be colour-matched to blend in seamlessly with the natural teeth, and are made from very durable material for longevity. If you would like to find out more about dental crowns and their benefits, please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with Professor Jim Ironside, please get in touch here or give us a call on (02) 9267 3495. Professor Jim Ironside will let you know which treatment is most appropriate for your needs, and address any questions that you have about your procedure of choice.

To see the full list of treatments that Professor Jim Ironside offers, please have a look here.