If you’re experiencing damaged or decaying teeth, you need to see a dentist immediately. When you go, you can likely expect that some type of tooth covering will be used to help treat and restore your smile. Being on top of your oral health is essential to leading a comfortable, satisfying life.
However, if you’ve never had a tooth covering before, the process can seem daunting and mysterious. With the right knowledge surrounding what types of tooth coverings there are, you’ll be much more effectively prepared to tackle this next step in your life. To assist you on your journey, here are four types of temporary teeth covers, and the benefits of each one:
1. Dental Crowns
A dental crown is one of the oldest tooth covering methods around. Dental crowns are caps that are placed on damaged, weakened, or decaying teeth to help protect, restore and reshape them to a healthy state. Gold, porcelain, and hybrid-style crowns are commonly used, and the differences in cosmetic options have made them popular with many audiences.
Gold-colored dental crowns have become particularly fashionable, making the covering a great way to boost both your style and smile. Metal crowns are often more durable, while porcelain crowns are made to look more realistic. Your dentist can go over the wide variety of styles, and benefits, that are built into dental crowns.
2. Porcelain Veneers
More commonly known as dental veneers, porcelain veneers are the most common type of veneer on the marketplace. They are made out of thin shells that are often said to resemble the look of a natural tooth and are attached to the front of a tooth for medical or cosmetic reasons. Discolored teeth, broken teeth, and unnaturally small teeth are the most common types of teeth that are covered using porcelain veneers.
Lumineers and composite veneers are also variations of the porcelain veneer, but they hold more advanced levels of customization and are often more durable than traditional porcelain veneers. However, they are also more susceptible to chipping than porcelain veneers tend to be. If you only have minor tooth damage or decay, veneers are likely the best option available to you, but asking your dentist for their recommendation is always an intelligent choice.
3. Composite Bonding
Composite bonding is used to help restore damaged or discolored teeth. Lost teeth can also be replaced by using composite bonding-made teeth replacements. If you’re repairing a tooth, composite bonding is used to cover the decaying tooth without removing any of the existing tooth’s surface or structure. This process is long-lasting and is typically considered fairly painless as well (allowing most dentists to keep their patients aware during the procedure as a result).
Many customers prefer this process to veneers due to its long-term approach, and the lack of painful procedures such as drilling needed to complete their installation. The process of getting composite bonding over your decaying or damaged teeth will help you maintain a polished, white, and healthy smile as well. The gentleness and cosmetic benefits of composite bondings have made it an extremely popular choice.
4. Snap-On Veneers
Lastly, snap-on veneers can be incredibly useful as an alternative to traditional porcelain veneers. Snap-on veneers are made using a durable resin material that helps your teeth look both brighter and straighter. Those with crooked, discolored, misaligned, or rotting teeth will often benefit from a snap-on veneer. These veneers can also be taken on or off at any time, which is why they’re called snap-on veneers.
The lower cost of a snap-on veneer has been a primary factor in its popularity for those who do not want to purchase porcelain veneers. There is also a ton of flexibility built into the pricing, customization, and nature of snap-on veneers, which has only boosted the appeal they have to more cosmetic-minded customers. The mixture of them being really convincing, and often incredibly affordable makes them an important choice to consider if you’re considering a tooth covering.
Here’s to a Restored, Beautiful Smile
With these methods, restoring and replacing old teeth has become easier and more accessible than ever before. There are a wide variety of customization options available for each of these four covering types, and the specifics of any coverings you may get will tie into your current medical condition as well. Simply scheduling a visit with your dentist to discuss which options might be right for any damaged or decayed teeth that you have will ensure you stay on the right path, and make the decision that’s best for you in the long run.