2005-06-30 / Medical

Capping Front Teeth

Views OnDental Health
Gary S. Rafal, D.D.S.


If you’d like to improve the appearance of your front teeth because they are chipped, stained or have old-looking fillings, ask your dentist about capping them. Your front teeth are the first thing people see when you open your mouth to talk or smile.

You want them to look as attractive as possible. If the teeth are in good alignment and your gums are healthy, your dentist may suggest two alternatives for capping the teeth in which porcelain will be used. One is veneer bonding; the other is porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.

Both have advantages, but your dentist’s recommendation will depend on the condition of your teeth. Capping your front teeth with porcelain-fused-to-metal has the advantage of strength as well as a pleasing appearance.

Veneer bonding will give your teeth a natural look and cover old stained fillings, but will not be as long lasting. They will consume less chair time and therefore, on the economic side, will be more affordable.

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