If you have damaged, decaying, or discolored teeth, dental restorations like crowns and veneers can transform your smile and preserve your oral health. At Nashville Smile Creations, Janet Clodfelter, DDS, and the team use crowns and veneers to help people of all ages look and feel their best. To schedule an appointment at the Nashville, Tennessee, practice, book online or call the office today.
Crowns and veneers are oral prosthetics used to improve the strength, size, and overall appearance of your teeth. Though crowns and veneers are often mentioned together, they actually serve very different purposes.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps used to support a severely damaged or decaying tooth. Once bonded in place, they restore your affected tooth to its near-original appearance, shape, and size. Crowns are sturdy, durable, and typically last 10-15 years.
Veneers are custom-tailored shells of porcelain or ceramic bonded to the front of your natural teeth.
It’s possible to get only one or two veneers, but most people get six or eight to restore symmetry and balance to their smiles. Veneers can correct various imperfections, including discolored teeth, smaller-than-average teeth, and teeth with spaces between them.
Getting crowns and veneers typically takes two appointments spaced a few weeks apart.
If you’re getting a crown, the Nashville Smile Creations team conducts an oral exam and takes a series of oral X-rays. They then administer a local anesthetic and prepare your tooth by carefully shaving the top and sides. Your provider takes impressions of your tooth and sends them to a dental laboratory that crafts a custom crown.
Several weeks later, you return to the office, and your provider lines up your new crown with your affected tooth. Once the crown is in position, your provider bonds it in place using dental cement.
If you’re getting veneers, the Nashville Smile Creations team conducts an oral exam and takes oral X-rays. They then administer a local anesthetic and prepare your teeth to receive the veneers by shaving off a thin layer of enamel — about one millimeter thick. Your provider takes impressions of your teeth and sends them to a laboratory that makes your veneers.
Several weeks later, you return to Nashville Smile Creations. Your provider lines up your veneers with your teeth and bonds them in place using dental cement.
You take care of crowns and veneers like you would your natural teeth. Nashville Smile Creations recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the office every six months for routine preventive care like an oral exam and cleaning.
Avoid bad habits, too. Nail-biting, opening objects with your teeth, and chewing on ice cubes can chip, crack, or otherwise damage your crowns and veneers.
To see if you’re a candidate for crowns and veneers, schedule an appointment at Nashville Smile Creations. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a caring team member today.