Similar But Different: Tips For Taking Care Of Your Crowns And Veneers

Sometimes, your teeth don't last a lifetime. In these instances, you may talk to your dental provider about crowns or veneers to replace or improve the teeth that you have. Since these are often made of porcelain, there are some distinct recommendations in terms of care for your teeth that may impact the longevity and overall appearance of your dental work.

Crowns and veneers are similar in some ways, but also distinctly different.

Take care of your crowns with these tips:

Dental crowns, also called caps, are often used when a tooth is damaged to the point where it needs some structural support. A crown covers the tooth, protecting and enhancing it, and might be part of a bridge, used over natural teeth or dental implants. Crowns can last well-over eight years with proper care and hygiene:

  • Watch out for hard foods and things like ice; avoid biting and chewing these foods.
  • Be vigilant about flossing. Tartar can build around your crown, causing gum disease.
  • If you grind your teeth, wear a guard. Teeth-grinding is problematic for folks with dental crowns.

Things you should know about your veneers are:

While crowns are usually used on an isolated tooth, veneers generally cover a row of teeth. Veneers are used when the teeth have the structural integrity to support and bond with the porcelain veneer. Veneers usually last at least seven years but can be worn up to 20 years in some instances; it is important to note that veneers are not meant to last a lifetime and will require replacement at some point in time.

Make your veneers last with these suggestions:

  • Avoid foods and drink that can stain the porcelain of your veneers, such as wine, berries, and coffee.
  • Don't use an abrasive toothpaste when you brush your teeth, as this can scratch and damage the veneer.
  • Cut your food before you eat it, and chew with your back teeth.
  • Be sure to floss diligently, and use a fluoride-enhanced toothpaste.

Crowns or caps might be the approach a dentist takes when you suffer trauma to the mouth, damaging one or two teeth. Veneers are the likely step for individuals that want to improve the look of their entire smile, but that still have fairly healthy and intact teeth. Talk with your dentist about the best option for you that will improve the appearance of your teeth, while providing function and comfort at the same time.

For more information, contact Belgrade Dental Associates or a similar company.