If you want a brighter, whiter, and more attractive smile, consider cosmetic crowns and veneers. These dental restorations can address decay, tooth discoloration, and other imperfections while improving your oral health. In Burbank, California, cosmetic and family dentist Jaikrishnan R. Kakanar, DDS, offers various types of cosmetic crowns and veneers, including EMax and zirconia crowns and Lumineers®. Schedule an appointment with the online booking tool or call the office today.
Cosmetic crowns and veneers are oral prosthetics. They’re an affordable and effective way to enhance or improve the appearance of your smile. Though similar, cosmetic crowns and veneers serve different purposes:
Cosmetic crowns are tooth-shaped caps that attach to molars, premolars, or dental implants. Once bonded in place, crowns restore a damaged or decaying tooth to its near-original appearance, size, and shape. Cosmetic crowns mimic the color and light-reflecting abilities of natural tooth enamel. That allows them to blend in seamlessly with your natural smile.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that Dr. Kakanar bonds to your front teeth. They provide an effective way to cover up imperfections like discolored, unusually shaped, or slightly crooked teeth.
Dr. Kakanar offers many types of cosmetic crowns, including:
EMax crowns are entirely ceramic. By design, they protect the teeth at the front of your mouth. Dr. Kakanar uses EMax crowns to treat stained, crooked, or fractured teeth. You might also benefit from an EMax crown after undergoing a root canal.
Zirconia crowns are made from zirconium dioxide, a tough metal that’s in the same family as titanium. Even though zirconia crowns are metal, they look like natural tooth enamel. Dr. Kakanar uses zirconia crowns to repair damage or decay affecting the teeth at the back of the mouth. He also attaches zirconia crowns to dental implants.
Dr. Kakanar offers several types of veneers, including:
Traditional veneers are custom-manufactured shells of porcelain that help you achieve a Hollywood-worthy smile. Before applying veneers, Dr. Kakanar shaves a thin layer of enamel from each tooth. He then takes impressions and sends them to a dental laboratory that creates your veneers.
Lumineers are similar to veneers, but Dr. Kakanar doesn’t have to prepare your teeth by removing enamel. At your initial appointment, Dr. Kakanar takes impressions of your teeth. He sends your impressions to a laboratory that makes a custom set of Lumineers. Lumineers are comfortable and can last for up to 20 years.
If you’re on a budget but still want to transform your smile, consider Snap-On-Smile. Snap-On-Smile is a custom mouthpiece that fits snugly over your natural teeth. It’s a high-tech dental resin that looks like your tooth enamel. You can remove your Snap-On-Smile at any time.
Cosmetic crowns and veneers typically last between 10-15 years. You can extend their lifespan by practicing good oral hygiene. Dr. Kakanar recommends brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting his practice every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
Try to avoid bad habits like nail-biting, chewing on ice cubes, and opening objects with your teeth. By following these steps, your cosmetic crown or veneers may last even longer.
To learn more about smile enhancements and improvements with cosmetic crowns and veneers, request a consultation at the practice of Jaikrishnan R. Kakanar, DDS. Call the office or use the online booking tool to make an appointment today.