Dentist near me in Hanford, CA answers: are veneers the same as crowns?

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Are you looking for a dentist "near me" who provides restorative solutions? Do you live in the Hanford, CA area? Do you want to work with a dental professional who offers porcelain veneers? If this sounds like you, we encourage you to book an appointment with Dr. Nikunj Raiyani of Hanford Family Dental Center to discuss veneers as a restorative option for the smile.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are ceramic restorations used to cover imperfections such as:
  • Fractured teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Permanently stained teeth
  • Unusually-shaped teeth
These restorations act as a facing on the natural tooth. They are extremely thin, custom-made to match the color, shape, and overall size of the existing teeth. The dentist bonds them to the front of the teeth to give them a completely new look, disguising common cosmetic issues.

Are porcelain veneers the same as crowns?

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Porcelain veneers are different from dental crowns. While they are both made of ceramic materials and are bonded onto the teeth, a dental crown is larger and covers more surfaces of the tooth. Crowns are used for general dentistry concerns, such as covering teeth that have been repaired with a large filling, protecting teeth that have undergone root canal therapy, and for acting as a false tooth when placed over a dental implant abutment. However, crowns and veneers are often created in the same dental laboratory, and both require impressions to ensure proper fit and appearance.

Who is a candidate for a porcelain veneer?

Patients who are appropriate candidates for porcelain veneers are those who are interested in covering aesthetic imperfections on the anterior teeth. Most patients with good oral health can benefit from the use of veneers bonded over problematic teeth. To determine if porcelain veneers are the most advantageous solution, Dr. Nikunj Raiyani suggests patients book a consultation appointment and initial evaluation at Hanford Family Dental Center.

What alternatives are available for patients considering porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are not the only option available our patients. They may also want to ask about cosmetic dental bonding. This is the use of a special clay-like material that is placed onto a tooth and shaped accordingly. Then, it is hardened and polished to look like natural tooth enamel. There are a few benefits to placing composite resin bonding. It is done in just one appointment, while porcelain veneers require some extra time to complete. Dental bonding does not last as long as porcelain veneers, however, and may need to be replaced regularly. It is not stain resistant.

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What is the process needed to place porcelain veneers?

Veneers require preparation of the teeth. This includes filing down the front of the teeth before taking impressions of the natural tooth structure. These impressions are used to fabricate the porcelain veneers, and are sent off to a laboratory by Dr. Nikunj Raiyani for completion. Within a few weeks, the veneers are sent to the dental office, and patients come in for the placement appointment. The dentist cements the new restorations onto the front of the teeth and patients can enjoy their brand-new smile!

When might a patient consider porcelain veneers?

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Veneers may be discussed when patients are unhappy with the appearance of their smiles. While there may be alternative ways to fix these issues, such as orthodontics, dental bonding, and professional teeth whitening, there are times when veneers may be better suited for a patient. This may be suggested when patients have multiple issues with their anterior teeth that can be addressed with veneers. Patients are then educated on how to care for their smile to extend the life of their restorations.

Ready to discuss the benefits of porcelain veneers for your smile?

Contact the team of Hanford Family Dental Center in Hanford, CA today. Dr. Nikunj Raiyani and his team of professionals can walk patients through the process of restoring the natural beauty of the smile with porcelain veneers and other restorative solutions available. Call (559) 530-8080 today to book an appointment at 425 West 7th Street, Suite 104 and discuss this, or alternative options, for addressing imperfections of the teeth.

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