Crowns were used originally as a last resort over heavily filled, root-treated, or badly broken down teeth. Today crowns or caps are used to change the colour, shape, and position of the teeth. Crowns are tooth-shaped, thimble-like covers made to fit over prepared teeth or implants to restore natural function and aesthetics. They are made of materials such as plastic, stainless steel, brass, gold, porcelain, or bonded porcelain to metal. Each crown is made individually for each patient and their individual tooth. Porcelain has the best aesthetics and looks and feels the most natural.
Crowns are made by dental technicians from the impressions taken by the dentist. The crown is then fitted by the dentist.
Veneers are thin porcelain covers that are bonded onto the front of your teeth. They look entirely natural and are used to change the shape, or the appearance of discoloured, chipped, or crooked teeth, or to close small gaps between the teeth. They are placed on prepared teeth after the teeth have been minimally drilled down to a shape that can accept a veneer. The veneer is is then bonded to the tooth. Veneers have a natural appearance and feel in the mouth.