You’ve seen the sensational, bright white smiles of Hollywood stars, super models, and your most image-conscious friends and relatives, and you’ve finally decided that it’s your turn. If you want an unforgettable and inspiring smile, modern cosmetic dentistry will deliver. Dr. Ruth Bailey offers a wide selection of cosmetic procedures, including white porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers. But how can you know which procedure is best for you?

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Are you ready for a sensational smile? Whether you need crowns, veneers, or another cosmetic dentistry service, Knoxville dentist Dr. Ruth Bailey can deliver gorgeous results. Call our dental office now at 865-588-1294 to reserve your consultation today.

About Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are handmade restorations that can literally transform the appearance of a smile. Dr. Bailey designs each veneer to contribute to overall facial esthetics. Then, in a trusted and proven dental lab, a ceramist takes great care in sculpting the veneers to the dentist’s exact specifications for size, shape, texture, and color.

In most cases, eight to ten veneers are placed, primarily on top teeth, but also on lower teeth if they show when the patient smiles. Veneers completely cover the front surface of teeth, so they provide complete, permanent teeth whitening, while also closing spaces and perfecting tooth alignment and shape. Dr. Bailey will talk with you about the style of smile you find most appealing. Some patients prefer a bright white, big, and bold look, while others want a subtler change and a more natural color.

Compared with crowns, veneers are thinner and more natural looking. Expect two visits with Dr. Bailey: one to prepare teeth and take impressions; another to secure the permanent veneers. With proper care and the absence of injury, veneers can last 20 years or longer.

Porcelain Crowns

Crowns, also, are handmade in a dental lab by a ceramist. However, a dental crown covers the entire part of a tooth that’s visible above the gum line. Crowns have traditionally been made of metal and used as restorations for deeply decayed, fractured, or dead teeth. Today, using cosmetic dental porcelain, crowns can look totally natural and blend beautifully in a smile.

Oftentimes, veneers are preferable for healthy front teeth, because they’re thinner, less bulky, and have a significant lifespan. Porcelain crowns are best suited to replace large fillings or add stability to a fractured tooth, while keeping a smile all white and metal-free.

Like veneers, dental crowns usually take two appointments: one for tooth preparation and a temporary; the second for permanent placement of the crowns. With good oral healthcare and no injuries, porcelain crowns normally last about 10 years. They are less expensive than veneers, but do not last as long, in most cases.

What’s Best for Your Smile?

The only way to know for sure which cosmetic restoration is ideal for your case is to undergo an exam and consultation with Dr. Bailey. She’ll talk with you about your vision for the “perfect” smile, thoroughly assess your dentition and oral health, and then make a recommendation based on her findings.

To schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation, or to learn more about crowns and veneers, call our Knoxville, TN dentist office at 865-588-1294. Dr. Bailey is currently accepting new patients, and we look forward to serving you!

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