Will porcelain veneers work if I have two crowns?

I really want a nicer smile and would like to get porcelain veneers placed on my upper teeth. I was wondering if they would work for me because I already have two porcelain crowns on my front teeth. Will they need to be removed?

– Tanya in Idaho


The two treatments you are inquiring about are both made out of porcelain. A porcelain crown covers the whole tooth, whereas a porcelain veneer only covers the front surface of your tooth.

Unfortunately, once you have a crown you will not be able to get porcelain veneers. This is because you don’t want to leave any part of the tooth exposed.

When a dentist prepares a tooth for a crown, much of the natural tooth structure is removed so the crown can completely cover and protect it.

As for a veneer, only a tiny portion of the tooth is shaved down. Actually it is only about the thickness of a fingernail that is removed for the veneer to fit seamlessly.

If a dentist is telling you that they will place a porcelain veneer over a crown, you may want to find another dentist. This isn’t the best idea because the appearance will not be the best. If dental bonding is used to place the veneer, there is a high chance that it may fall off. An expert cosmetic dentist will likely elect to replace the porcelain crown. And a good dental laboratory should be able to match the new crown with the new veneers that are placed on the surrounding teeth just perfectly.

You can get that beautiful smile you’ve always wanted, it may just be a different course of action than you anticipated.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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