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smilingManIf you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, there are a variety of cosmetic options. Two of the most common that Dr. Charlyn Quiec (“Dr. Q”) recommends for dental patients in Sierra Madre: porcelain veneers and crowns.

Below, learn about the differences between veneers and dental crowns. Then, get in touch with Dr. Q to discuss which option makes sense for your needs.

About Porcelain Veneers

For patients in Sierra Madre, porcelain veneers can provide a complete transformation in their appearance with only a few dental visits.

Veneers are thin shells that Dr. Q positions on the front surface of existing teeth. She smooths away a small amount of the enamel surface from these teeth to create space for the new cosmetic layer. In a second procedure, she applies a bonding agent that forms a seamless connection with the veneers.

Veneers can help you resolve issues with:

  • Uneven spacing between teeth.
  • Misaligned teeth.
  • Teeth that are slightly discolored or misshapen.

For Sierra Madre patients, Dr. Q prefers porcelain veneers over compound materials. They offer greater durability; are less likely to stain over time; and reflect light in a way that’s more natural.

Veneers do have certain limitations, however.

  • They aren’t as resistant to wear as other options, such as crowns.
  • If you have bruxism (teeth grinding) or are prone to chewing on hard foods or objects like pens and pencils, you risk cracking or chipping.
  • Veneers are only suitable for people who have somewhat healthy teeth.

Despite these constraints, the immediate and attractive results they provide make Sierra Madre dental veneers a great option for the right patient.

About Dental Crowns

Significant tooth decay or damage may require a more extensive solution, which is why Dr. Q provides her patients with high-quality dental crowns.

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit on top of existing teeth. They allow Dr. Q to alter the shape, color, and alignment of teeth. Though crowns come in a variety of materials, Dr. Q prefers to use non-metal fillings, as patients may have a pre-existing allergy to certain metals.

Similar to porcelain veneers, crowns only require a couple of visits to our Sierra Madre office. They are more durable than veneers, however, and they provide better long-term protection for damaged or decayed teeth.

Other Options

Dr. Q can advise you about other opportunities for greater comfort and an improved smile. If your teeth are in generally good condition, you may be a good candidate for procedures that straighten and brighten your teeth. She and her staff provide patients with the Invisalign® system, which gradually and effectively corrects misaligned teeth. Dr. Q Dental also offers teeth whitening, cleanings, and more treatment options.

Whether you are interested in learning about the variety of procedures available to you or you are specifically interested in dental crowns and porcelain veneers, we invite you to visit our Sierra Madre practice.

Contact Dr. Q Dental for an appointment. Call her office near the Sierra Madre area at 626-599-9818.