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Can crowns be used for cosmetic reasons?

Crowns can be used for a number of reasons, including to enhance appearance. A crown can cover a tooth to help restore it to its normal shape and size and improve its appearance. A crown is also a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It can be used to cover a dental implant.
Crowns can certainly be used to achieve improved appearance. In some instances crowns and veneers may be used solely for cosmetic reasons. Often, however, a crown is advised to provide a more secure restoration for a badly broken down tooth. The deterioration of the tooth may be the result of decay, large and/or defective fillings, fracture and wear.

An important part of achieving a good cosmetic result is healthy gum tissue and the relationship of the crown to the gum. In addition, the size, shape, contour, and shade of the crown are significant considerations, along with the way the tooth blends with other teeth.
Yes they can, but it may not always be the best option. Unappealing teeth in the front of the mouth may be better corrected with porcelain veneers. Teeth that have had root canal and have had titanium posts may be better treated with crowns because they are stronger than veneers and are not as translucent. It's a judgment call for your dentist many times. You need to discuss your cosmetic treatment options with your dentist to get the best possible result.

Absolutely! However, a crown may be considered too aggressive if an cosmetic change is the only reason for treatment. Newer materials and cements (or bonding agents) allow dentists to provide more conservative all porcelain restorations that will allow cosmetic changes without the need to remove healthy tooth structure. These are called onlays, inlays and veneers. However, if a crown is necessary, there is no reason why, if made properly, that the crown should not appear to look as lifelike as a real tooth and provide not only function but esthetics as well. 

Yes. Crowns are usually used to reinforce broken down or damaged teeth, however, today's modern crowns can be made so they look natural. A lot of crowns contain metal under the porcelain, which makes them look fake but with the modern crowns that won’t be the case. Also, good to note that research shows that 7 out of 10 women have some kind of an allergy to these metals, which is another reason to have the cosmetic crowns.

Although crowns are most commonly used to replace damaged or decayed teeth, crowns can certainly be used to correct deformed or discolored teeth.

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