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Fort Myers, FL Dental Office
Drs. Bass and Donovan Dentistry
5248 Red Cedar Drive, Suite 101
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239)939-4737

   Fort Myers Dentist, Drs. Bass and Donovan Dentistry provides the residents of Fort Myers and surrounding communities with cosmetic dental care.  One of those treatments offered is veneers.  Veneers are a type of cosmetic dentistry that can, without the need for excessive tooth preparation, offer exceptional improvements to a smile in just a few visits.  

   Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are placed over the front of teeth.  They are designed to correct slightly misaligned, crooked, stained, cracked, or chipped teeth.  Many of the celebrities you see in magazines, movies, and television have gleaming straight teeth that are the result of veneers.  One benefit of veneers is that the teeth do not require much preparation (grinding) to become reduced enough to facilitate the restoration.  This is extremely important in dentistry because one of the main goals for dentists is to retain as much healthy natural tooth structure as possible.  

Crowns vs. Veneers

   There are some similarities between crowns and veneers.  First, both of these restorations can be extremely esthetic.  Both can be fashioned from porcelain.  Porcelain has the ability to mimic the natural opacities and translucencies as tooth structure.  In addition, both can correct the problems listed above.  There are, however, several major differences between crowns and veneers.  The amount of tooth reduction is probably the largest difference.  A crown covers the entirety of the visible portion of the tooth.  For a crown to be placed, a relatively large amount of natural tooth structure needs to be removed or else the crown will be bulbous as well as feel and function wrong.  This is one of the larger benefits of veneers.  

   One drawback of the veneers is that they do not provide much support for the tooth like the crown does.  If a tooth has had a root canal, large cracks, or significant cavitiy restoration, a crown can provide support.  It does so by encircling the tooth.  This keeps any existing tooth structure sequestered in a tight shell.  This is why veneers have been placed in the category of cosmetic dentistry and crowns are more often thought of as a restorative procedure.  

Here is an animated video showing veneer preparation and placement

              

If you have any additional questions or would like to contact us to schedule a consultation, please call (239)939-4737 or email us at [email protected] 

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