Dr. Quigless, Cosmetic Dentist in Missouri

Kirk Quigless, DDS
8083 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63144

Phone - (314) 244-3751


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Difference Between Caps and Porcelain Veneers

St. Louis dental veneers

Thanks to advancements in cosmetic dentistry over the last half of the 20th Century, dental restorations have become less invasive and more attractive. Many of the deficiencies that were formerly corrected with caps and crowns can now be corrected with thin porcelain veneers. The difference between caps and veneers goes deeper than just appearance.

Metal Caps

Traditionally, caps or dental crowns were used to replace large portions of tooth material, especially as a result of decay. If the decay is too great for a filling, a metal or gold crown was used. Needless to say, these materials did not usually enhance your smile.

To affix a cap to a tooth, much of the natural tooth material would have to be ground away in order to make a good base for the bonding material to adhere. This is frequently a painful process and wastes a lot of otherwise healthy tooth material, which no dentist likes to do.

Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are thin wafers of porcelain that are placed over your teeth. Not only to they brighten and whiten your teeth, they also act as a splint to strengthen weakened dental material.

Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Quigless can use veneers to correct a number of issues.

  • Irregular shaped teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Teeth that are resistant to whitening
  • Small gaps between your teeth

Color Matching

A primary difference between caps and veneers is the color matching options available with porcelain. Metal caps and gold crowns will always be noticeable and unattractive. With porcelain veneers, Dr. Quigless can whiten all of the teeth in your smile line, or match the color of one or two teeth if preferred.

Another benefit of porcelain is its similarity to your natural tooth enamel. Like enamel, porcelain is slightly translucent, giving the tooth a more natural luster and depth. Once applied, they also resist stains better than resin and even your natural tooth enamel.

Porcelain veneers are non-invasive and look great, making them one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options for improving your smile. Many minor dental flaws are painlessly corrected with porcelain veneers. To find out more about the difference between caps and veneers, please contact St. Louis dental veneers expert today to set up a quick, free initial visit. Dr. Quigless and his assistant will work hard to help you attain a more beautiful smile.

(314) 244-3751
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Dr. Kirk Quigless, St. Louis Cosmetic Dentist

8083 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63144








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The Missouri Dental Board and the ADA do not recognize the treatment of TMJ (neuromuscular dentistry) or cosmetic dentistry as a specialty. Further, the ADA does not require any additional training of dentists who perform or advertise these procedures. Dr. Quigless practices general dentistry in Missouri but he has many continuing education hours in cosmetic and TMJ therapy procedures at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Education.This website is not intended for viewing or usage by European Union citizens.