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January 3, 2016

Owasso porcelain veneers and crowns fix teeth differently

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — drakevotodds @ 10:47 pm

Owasso porcelain veneersOwasso porcelain veneers and crowns restore and beautify teeth. Drake & Voto Family & Cosmetic Dentistry places both. Read here about their distinctives.


Drs. Gene Drake and Jayson Voto restore teeth marred by cosmetic imperfections, decay and injury. They place beautiful porcelain veneers and dental crowns in their modern Owasso office. These services differ, however, and the doctors help patients decide which treatment will serve their particular oral health needs best.

What are porcelain veneers?

Also called dental laminates, porcelain veneers are super-thin, tooth-shaped covers bonded to the front side of one or more teeth marred by:

  • stains from food, drink, smoking or age
  • chips
  • hairline fractures
  • congenital defect
  • inappropriate size and shape
  • pits or uneven wear

Custom-made, tooth-colored and very natural-looking, veneers beautify but also make tooth enamel stronger. People in excellent oral health, and who are realistic about how their finished smiles may look, make great candidates for this popular cosmetic dental service.

Dr. Drake or Dr. Voto examines the patient’s mouth and takes x-rays and 3D imaging to formulate a treatment plan. He also removes some enamel (about ½ mm) so the veneers fit comfortably.

With the doctor’s  information, a master ceramist makes a model of the teeth and then individually crafts each veneer. He or she ensures that size, style and color work well with the other teeth and with the person’s overall facial structure.

At the next dental appointment, Dr. Voto or Drake cement the Owasso porcelain veneers in place. He adjusts the color of the veneers by varying the shade of the bonding cement. Bite and overall appearance receive a final check, and the process is complete.

At home, veneer patients floss and brush normally. They return to the dentist for a follow-up exam, and of course, keep their routine cleaning appointments. With attentive at-home and in-office care, laminates keep patients smiling for years.

What are Owasso dental crowns?

Dental crowns, also termed “caps,” completely cover teeth damaged by:

  • big cavities or multiple fillings
  • root canal therapy
  • traumatic injury (severe fracture from a auto accident, for instance)
  • poor configuration
  • severe wear

Typically, crowns are made from gold (the strongest material), metal alloy and porcelain or 100 percent porcelain. Frequently, porcelain is the material of choice for its versatility and natural good looks. Crowns last indefinitely with good at-home and in-office hygiene.

The difference between veneers and crowns is that crowns add beauty but also strengthen tooth structure that would otherwise fail and eventually require extraction. Or, crowns cover teeth that are so malformed that a veneers could not adequately restore the tooth. In other words, veneers apply to more cosmetic situations and crowns to more restorative situations.

Which dental service do you require?

Find out by arranging a smile consultation at Drake & Voto Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. The dentists place many of these state of the art veneers and crowns each year, keeping smiles bright and healthy.

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