Porcelain veneers and dental crowns can transform your smile.

Porcelain veneers and dental crowns are two common forms of cosmetic dentistry that offer a number of benefits to our oral health.

Porcelain veneers are best known as the ultimate smile makeover, helping to completely change the appearance of a person’s smile. Modern porcelain veneers are super durable and look exceptionally realistic.

Dental crowns can also transform your smile but on an individual tooth-by-tooth basis. They are ideal for fixing trouble spots in your smile, such as a damaged or broken tooth. Ada Smile Place offers porcelain dental crowns, which are just as tough and beautiful as porcelain veneers.

Both of these forms of cosmetic dentistry enhance your oral health through cavity prevention and structurally stabilizing weakened teeth.

Your oral health and overall health are linked through the mouth-body connection.

The mouth-body connection is the important link between your oral health and your general, physical health. A healthy mouth translates to a healthy body and vice versa.

An unhealthy smile, such as one that’s battling tooth decay, gum disease, or side effects of missing teeth (i.e. difficult chewing) can negatively impact your overall health. The good news is you can experience a strongly positive impact when you make your oral health a priority.

Let’s take a look at 5 ways porcelain veneers and dental crowns can improve your overall health.

1. Porcelain veneers close the spaces between your teeth.

Porcelain veneers may be a form of cosmetic dentistry, but they offer benefits beyond a more attractive smile.

When your porcelain veneers are placed, your dentist will first remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of your natural teeth to compensate for the thickness of the veneers. During this process, your dentist will make adjustments for any crooked teeth or odd gaps. When your veneers are finally placed, you’ll notice that your teeth look straight and well-aligned.

Straight, properly spaced teeth allow for easier cleaning and are less likely to experience heavy plaque buildup or tooth decay.

2. Dental crowns can save weakened teeth from needing to be extracted.

The ultimate goal is to always save and preserve natural teeth, with extraction being a last resort. Thanks to modern dentistry practices, it’s possible for your dentist to save a tooth that would otherwise have been removed in decades past.

Once decay and damaged enamel have been removed, your dentist will place a porcelain crown to protect your natural tooth. By preserving your natural tooth, you won’t experience any subsequent bone loss from a missing tooth or other side effects, such as changed speech or difficulty eating.

In the event your tooth can’t be saved, our dentists will recommend a dental implant, which also utilizes a dental crown as the prosthetic tooth.

3. Investing in your smile motivates you to continue making your oral health a priority.

When you invest your time and money into a specific area of your life, chances are high that you’ll be naturally motivated to maintain your results. This idea applies wonderfully to cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

By making your oral health a priority and pursuing porcelain veneers or dental crowns, you’ll also experience a renewed interest in caring for your smile. You’ll feel eager to brush, floss, and experiment with new oral care products, like powered toothbrushes or a water flosser. We bet you’ll also look forward to your future dental appointments so you can show off your hard work to your dentist.

4. Dental crowns offer vulnerable teeth additional protection against decay.

When coupled with proper oral hygiene, dental crowns can help shield vulnerable teeth from future tooth decay.

Some teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay than others. The tooth may be improperly aligned, leading to quicker plaque buildup, or it may simply be worn down from receiving multiple tooth fillings over time. In these cases, a dental crown can be a fantastic solution.

Keep in mind that a dental crown doesn’t mean tooth decay can’t still form. Proper oral hygiene coupled with biannual checkups and cleanings is still very much necessary for preventing decay from forming around the edges of the crown.

5. Having a smile you’re proud to show off will boost your confidence and overall happiness.

Happiness and confidence are two powerful emotions that positively impact your emotional and physical health. Smiling not only shows you’re happy, but the act of smiling reduces your stress levels and helps you decompress mentally. Studies also show that people who smile often are much more likely to succeed in relationships, careers, and life in general.

If you know you have a great smile, you can’t help but want to share it openly with those around you. Porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, and other forms of cosmetic and restorative dentistry can give you that extra confidence you need to smile often.

Come meet the Ada Smile Place team to discover how veneers or crowns can enhance your smile.

Eager and motivated to learn more about porcelain veneers and dental crowns? Your next step is to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.

During your consultation, your dentist will perform a thorough examination, and you’ll discuss your smile goals. From there, you’ll be able to make an informed decision on whether porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, or a combination of services will help you achieve your dream smile.

To book a consultation, you can either call our local Ada, OK, office or fill out this online form to request an appointment.