Porcelain crowns were once used only to replace a damaged tooth. Today, they are used cosmetically to brighten a smile, fix an unwanted gap, or straighten an otherwise crooked smile. For some people, they can make a huge difference in quality of life. Being insecure about your teeth or your smile, can affect how you speak to people, causing you to appear lacking in confidence. This problem can prevent you from landing a potential job, or from finding a relationship. Porcelain crowns have given people a second chance.
The process of obtaining crowns requires a trip to the dentist, where he will examine your mouth and find out exactly what you are trying to achieve. He will makes some recommendations and you will develop a plan.
Once a plan is in place, a mold of your teeth will be created. The dentist and the lab that makes the crowns will use this as a guide for size and shape of your new teeth.
You will probably return to the dentist a few weeks later, depending on the completion time of your crowns. At that time, the dentist will shave down the teeth that will be receiving crowns. This makes the teeth smaller, and gives them a surface that is easier to bond to. The teeth will be cleaned and then the crowns will be bonded to the teeth individually. This give your teeth a natural look, and once they are completely bonded, you can eat and drink as usual.
Today, natural crowns are much more natural looking than when they first came out. Patients no longer have to worry about the gray line that was once a problem because of the metal used at the base of the crown. Nor do they have to worry about color variances in their teeth and the crowns. The color of the porcelain used is carefully matched with every individual patients existing teeth. Porcelain is also used throughout the crown which gives them a much more real appearance. If done correctly, there should be no reason for anyone to question whether or not they are your teeth or not.
Once your porcelain crowns are complete, you will see that you are smiling more, and that you can speak more directly to people. It may not happen over night because you are so used to your old smile, but it will happen. When it does, your confidence will increase, and you will live a happier and better quality of life. Who knows, you may even land that job that you have been wanting!