bruxzirAside from your eyes (which are often considered the first things that people notice about your face), your smile and the way it lights up your face can easily catch other people’s attention and draw them to your presence. When you flash a beautiful smile and share a laugh, you can let your warm and sunny personality shine through.


Some people, however, may not have as much confidence to show their smile because of imperfections in their teeth. Signs of decay or breakage can seriously affect someone’s appearance or even their ability to eat and speak, so not only are they unpleasant to look at, but they can be inconvenient as well.


Here’s your best bet

Pay a visit to your dentist and he will likely recommend using dental crowns to correct your teeth. A dental crown is a “cap” shaped like a tooth, so when it is placed over the tooth, it helps restore the size and shape of that particular tooth, as well as its strength. And because there is no longer any decay or damage visible, your appearance is consequently improved.


Aside from restoring broken or worn-down teeth, dental crowns can also be used to protect a weak tooth from breaking, prevent an already cracked tooth from falling apart, and support and cover a tooth with a filling when there’s  little left of the actual tooth. In addition, a crown can cover a dental implant or help keep a dental bridge in place.


Are there different types available?

Depending on your particular dental needs, your dentist can recommend the best type of dental crown for you. There are crowns made of stainless steel, metals, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-resin, and all-ceramic or all-porcelain types.


Among these, you may want to consider opting for the all-ceramic variety, such as Lava Crowns (no metals). The Lava™ All-Ceramic System from 3M™ ESPE™ utilizes CAD/CAM precision technology to produce all-ceramic crowns with an extremely durable and fracture-resistant material called zirconia. Such ceramic crowns match the tooth’s natural color best among all the crown types and are thus ideal if the tooth that needs to be restored is a front tooth. Ceramic crowns are also the best option for people who have allergies or sensitivities to metals.


With the expertise of your trusted dentist, you can achieve excellent restoration of your teeth characterized by durability, endurance to wear and tear, and a precise, comfortable fit. So are you smiling now? Head on out to your dentist and rediscover your beautiful, happy smile.

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