Teeth that are cracked, heavily filled or root treated are weak and prone to further breakage. A crown, also known as a ‘cap’, acts as a protective covering for the tooth and fully restores the lost tooth tissue. They can be made in a variety of materials. Crowns can also be produced for aesthetic reasons, for example with severe discolouration or if teeth do not form properly and are excessively small, incomplete or irregular.
Veneers are porcelain facings or coverings that are applied to existing chipped, stained or crooked teeth to produce a beautiful smile with minimum adjustment of the teeth. They are similar to acrylic and gel nails that are applied as a covering to your own nails. They are custom made to the required shape and shade for you as an individual and cemented to your teeth to produce a natural, life-like, glowing smile.
What are the benefits of crowns and veneers?
Crowns can protect and greatly extend the life of teeth that would otherwise be prone to fracture and break without the possibility of repair. Depending on the material used to produce the crown, they can look extremely life like, to the extent that it is impossible to tell which tooth or teeth have been restored with crowns.
Crowns and veneers can be used with or without other treatments to produce beautiful radiant smiles as part of the ‘smile make-over’. It is sometimes impossible to correct all problems with one type of treatment. For example, orthodontic treatment can correct the position of teeth but cannot alter the shape or colour. In such cases veneers and crowns can produce a glowing smile with minimal tooth preparation using veneers and/or crowns.
What is involved?
Each client is carefully assessed for suitability, taking into account the individual’s needs and desired outcomes. Treatment planning will usually involve the taking pictures, impressions for the production of models of the teeth and x-rays. The projected shape and alignment of the teeth can be visualised using the client’s models that have been modified with tooth-coloured wax. This is a priceless planning tool since it gives the client a valuable insight into the proposed changes and allows for modifications as the individual desires before any work is carried out within the mouth.
All treatment options are discussed, including combination of treatments such as whitening or Invisalign, and the client will decide which option(s) to pursue. A written treatment plan will then be produced, outlining all costs, treatment times and so on.
Christopher Hajistilly has completed the ‘Cosmetic Dentistry and Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry’ certificate. The team at Peartree Clinic Welwyn are pleased to offer our clients the most up-to-date techniques and methods utilising the highest quality materials to give the best results possible ensuring your smile will be one you are permanently proud of.