Should I get a Veneer or Crown? Your smile is the first thing most people notice. Having a beautiful smile is something many of us would like to achieve. With many different options, the first step to making your decision is to understand what they are and how they are set.

Veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material designed to cover the front surface of a tooth to improve their appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size or length. Porcelain veneers resist stains and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. They are strong and durable and can last from 10 to 15 years. Veneers are a popular solution for a beautiful smile!

With the veneer, it is usually necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from the teeth to accommodate the shell, so veneers have historically been an irreversible procedure. With modern dental technology, a new type of veneer is being used — the minimally invasive porcelain veneer. These veneers are very thin and designed to cover the surface of the teeth and tooth structure is left intact (only altered when absolutely necessary).

Dental crowns are also a type of porcelain shell designed to fit over your tooth, which allows us to fix a number of functionality issues as well as cosmetic ones. A dental crown is a great choice if a tooth has a large cavity with a filling. To place a crown, Dr. Najmi will need to shape your tooth so the crown can fit over it.
Very small teeth (microdontia) is a common oral health problem that often runs in families. If you are an adult with microdontia, your teeth may have gaps between them, making them look like primary (baby) teeth. Excessive wear and tear on the teeth can occur because they may not fit together or chew properly. The good news here is that modern dentistry offers many techniques that can help.

No one dental treatment is perfect for everyone, so if you are in the Jacksonville area and considering veneers call Ivory Dental (904) 998-1555 for a free consultation!