Crowns And Veneers Specialist

Saint Mary Family Dental -  - Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry

Saint Mary Family Dental

Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry & Board Certified Periodontist located in Whittier, CA

Crowns and veneers can transform your smile in a relatively short period of time, and they’re among the most common types of cosmetic dentistry procedures. St. Mary Family Dental in Whittier, California, offers beautiful and natural-looking crowns and veneers that you’ll be excited to share. The process begins by booking an appointment using the online scheduling tool or by calling the office to check appointment availability.

Crowns and Veneers Q & A

What are dental crowns?

A dental crown has the shape of an artificial tooth that fits completely over the surface of your natural tooth down to the gumline. Crowns can perform both restorative and cosmetic functions, making them a versatile dental tool.

Some of the uses for a dental crown include addressing a tooth that is:

  • Weakened after multiple dental procedures
  • Broken or cracked
  • Worn down
  • At-risk due to a large filling
  • Misshapen
  • Discolored

Crowns also serve as the visible portion of a dental implant and are used to secure bridgework. The process of getting a crown involves removing a small portion of tooth tissue to make room for the crown, then sending impressions or digital scans of the tooth to a lab where the custom crown is manufactured. 

Once the crown arrives at St. Mary Family Dental, you return, and it’s cemented into position, ready to function much like one of your natural teeth. 

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored porcelain shells that fit directly over the surface of your natural teeth. They can be used to correct a wide range of issues, including discoloration, minor misalignment, chips, gapped teeth, unusually small teeth, or irregularities in length or shape. 

St. Mary Family Dental offers LumineersⓇ, a type of dental veneer that delivers beautiful results without having to remove a significant amount of your natural tooth enamel. During your initial visit, your dentist creates a mold of your teeth to send to the lab where your Lumineers are crafted. 

You’ll also choose the shade for your new smile. Once your Lumineers arrive, your dentist etches the surface of your teeth to enable proper adhesion and bonds your Lumineers onto each individual tooth. Your bite is checked and adjusted, if needed, to protect your new smile, completing the process. 

Are crowns a better option than veneers?

Each case is unique, so there is no direct answer to whether crowns or veneers are your best treatment approach. During your consultation, a St. Mary Family Dental professional will discuss the pros and cons of each option with you in detail.

If you’re generally happy with your smile and have issues with only one or two individual teeth, crowns might be a better approach. Crowns can be placed on front or back teeth and can be matched with the size, shape, and color of your surrounding natural teeth. Once in place, a great crown is visually indistinguishable from your other teeth. 

Veneers are a good fit if you want to achieve a complete smile transformation. For example, if you’re unhappy with the alignment of your teeth and also want a brighter, whiter smile, veneers can achieve both of those objectives at once. 

If you’d like to learn more, schedule a consultation online or call the office during business hours.