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Dental Crowns and Porcelain Veneers Comparison: Which One is Better?

There are many ways to keep a smile bright and white. Many people invest in alignment treatments, others spend on cosmetic dentistry while some are just innately blessed with great teeth and maintain them by taking care of their oral hygiene.

But, teeth do degrade with age, with diet and with lifestyle habits. And because of these things, there are chances of losing teeth or damaging them.

The good thing about that is there are ways to restore that smile you love to wear. You can get crowns or veneers done to your teeth to cover chips, breaks, stains or weakening teeth.

Or, check with your dentist if you can do both!

What are Crowns and Veneers?

Crowns are a type of dental restoration where teeth are made stronger by encircling an old tooth or a dental implant.

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It basically ‘caps’ the old tooth with a fabricated ‘tooth’ to make it look like a strong healthy natural tooth.

Veneers on the other hand are thin custom-made films or shells set on the front surface of the teeth to protect it and improve their appearance.

Both are designed to protect real teeth but also have very drastic difference in method, material and costs.

Dental Crowns vs. Porcelain Veneers

The golden question: what’s the difference between the two?

If you have not consulted your dentist about the procedures, here’s the gist of how they are different from each other.

Veneers are solely for aesthetic purposes only such as covering discoloration or a chip. Although the shells or films protects the surface of the teeth, it’s not as strong as a crown.

Crowns also are for aesthetic purposes but they serve their ultimate purpose of strengthening teeth.

Crowns are used to hold bridges (bridges gaps created by two or more teeth), protect weak or cracked teeth, cover dental implants, support a filled tooth or to cover a misshapen tooth.

When it comes to material, both veneers and crowns can be made from porcelain.

However, crowns have more choices between stainless steel, metal, ceramic or resin. Each material of course, come in different price ranges as well.

Veneer Procedure

Pertaining to the method or procedure of attachment, both procedures entails very meticulous steps to complete. They start with a diagnosis to confirm which procedure fits what you want and the condition of your teeth.

After which an x-ray might be taken if you roots need to be checked. Our cosmetic dentists will tell you the necessary proceedings based on what procedure is best for you.

If you’re taking the veneer route, a small layer of enamel has to be removed to make room for a natural looking shell. An impression is taken and sent to a dental laboratory for your veneers to be constructed.

During the bonding, your veneers will first be compared to your actual teeth to make sure the size, shape and color provide proper coverage. You will then undergo teeth cleaning, polishing and etching to guarantee optimum bonding.

The veneers are then cemented onto the surface of your teeth and strengthened. Excess cement are also removed and final adjustments are done if needed.

Crown Procedure

After an x-ray and determining if there are no root canal procedures needed, anesthesia is applied to the gum area to numb the filing process. The tooth receiving the crown then gets trimmed to make room for the cap.

If a large portion of the tooth is already missing, our cosmetic dentist will fill them instead so that the cap has something to hold on to.

Once the reshaping is done, you’ll get a dental impression either with putty or digitally. The impressions are then sent to the lab for construction.

As soon as your crowns are ready and checked for proper fit, color and shape, they are then permanently cemented in place.


Crowns differ in price depending on the type of material used. All-porcelain crowns are more expensive than porcelain infuse to metal.

Costs may vary depending on where you live, severity of your case and which material is used. Some insurance cover a portion of crown costs but we suggest you check with your provider (or avail of our VIP Dental Plans).

As for veneers, the cost may also vary depending on which state you live in and the severity but our our dental staff at any of our locations surrounding the Charlotte area, can give you an estimate of what your procedure costs. Most insurances do not cover veneers since they are mainly of aesthetic purposes but again, we suggest you check with your dental insurnace provider or check with our VIP Dental Plans.

To Summarize…

Crowns and veneers both are able to restore your smile. The main concern lies in figuring out which one you really need.

If you are not 100% sure, talk to our trusted cosmetic dentists for a second and third opinion.

If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist in Charlotte, NC, to service your dental crown and veneer needs, check out our Friendly Dental Group locations in South Park, Whitehall, University and Waverly.

Or, you can visit our website to find a Friendly Dental Group location near you.

Our team of highly trained doctors will give you the best treatment needed to restore your smile and help get your pearly whites back to their former glory. Book your appointment now!


Dental Infographic to Help with Maximizing Benefits Before they Expire

A bright smile on a face is a symbol of success and contentment. A nice set of teeth and the absence of any bad odor, make the face beautiful, evoking positive feelings.

Apart from the psychological aspect, the physiological factors also demand proper dental care and attention to oral hygiene. As the gateway to the digestive system, the mouth and teeth have to be taken good care of to ensure a healthy body which is very important to many people.

Though accidents are not completely avoidable, one should take preventive and protective measures of various types. Dental insurance, for instance, helps to meet regular as well as unexpected expenses related to routine dental care.

There are many benefits one could avail of as part of their dental insurance plan.

This infographic explains the importance of using your dental benefits before they expire. We never want to see our patients lose what they are paying for, waste money, and not maximize their oral health.

Facts are Bitter

It is saddening to see that the average American have a tendency to avoid regular and simple daily dental care.

Proper daily brushing is not done by one out of ten people and by the age of 17, at least one cavity is seen in the teeth. Only 50% visit their dentists for regular check-ups and other preventive care.

Year expires, so do the deductibles on your dental insurance.

New year = New deductible

As the premium period ends, all the unused services offered freely or at lower rates are gone. Once the new year begins, the payments will not roll over.

The deductibles that were allowed in the closing year can only be availed in the year of validity.

Growth is Desirable

In other aspects of life, growth would be something you strive to achieve – not for dental problems.

Small problems like a minor evidence of a cavity may cause serious damage to the tooth, if not attended early enough. Taking care of even the smallest dental issue immediately will not only make it easier to maintain your oral health but, also make it lighter on your pockets especially if you’re covered with dental insurance.

Setting the dental issue aside will only mean worsening development and therefore, mean more costs as well.

Lose if You Don’t Use

The medical benefits and services covered by your insurance provider will not carry over to the next period even if you renew promptly. If you pay for a service and don’t use it, you’ve already wasted money.

This leads to the next two items: fix your appointments and do not delay treatments.

Appointments – Fix them soon

You can get ahead of your dental problems if you plan ahead. Having a dental insurance means you don’t always have to worry about coming up with the money to get regular check-ups that are part of the coverage.

Make use of this benefit and set your appointments ahead of time. Once you do, make sure you commit to fulfilling them.

Since the checkups and treatments may have to be taken with designated groups, delaying your appointments may lead to non-availability of an appointment, loss of benefits and the loss of the much-needed care.

Delayed Treatment – Doorway to Dental Downslide

They say prevention care is better than a cure. As experienced and trained dentists, we say this is true for your oral health.

If you feel or see a problem orally, talk to one of our dentists right away. Don’t delay your treatment and let the issue fester. The mouth is the gateway to your digestive system which implies how related the two different body functions are.

A simple tooth decay can lead to gum disease which can lead to infecting other parts of your body, such as; your throat and the blood vessels.

Preventing these dental problems from getting bigger also prevents other non-oral problems from occurring.

So, don’t let your dental insurance benefits go to waste. You still have a little bit of time to make use of them.

Book your appointment with us now and get that smile brighter before the year ends!



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Our Friendly Dental South Park location wanted to wish all of the little ghouls and goblins a Happy Halloween! Have a fun and safe night.

If you or your child are in need of a dental check-up or cleaning after eating all of that candy, walk-ins are always welcome and they are accepting new patients. Come in and say hello to the Charlotte dental team and be treated with professional, quality, and friendly care. Book an appointment TODAY!




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Have you used your dental insurance for 2017?

Before you start listing what to shop on Black Friday or before you even start planning for the Christmas holidays, it is important to book your dental appointment and use your dental insurance plan before it expires.

While your calendar may be filling up soon with parties, shopping, and other stuff, it is an important time for you to squeeze in your dental appointment.

It is a given – regular check-ups and cleaning help you maintain good oral health. But that’s not the only reason why you need to use up your dental benefits before the year ends.

We’ve compiled 5 important reasons why you should visit your local dentist before 2017 ends


Trick or Teeth: How to Take Care of Your Child’s Teeth During Halloween

Ah, here comes Halloween!

happy halloween friendly dentalIt’s that time of the year when kids and young-alike are happily dressed in their scary and fun costumes bouncing from door to door to get their treats.

Kids are at their happiest state when they have lots of candy.

Without teaching proper teeth care, Halloween is every parent’s nightmare. Statistics show that Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy every year just for Halloween.

Imagine those huge amounts of sweets going to your child’s trick or treat basket. Reports also show that children consume nearly 7,000 calories during Halloween.

Why do these numbers matter?


Matthews Alive Labor Day Festival

Our Friendly Dental Matthews Siskey location is a Matthews Alive Sponsor and participated in the yearly festival in the Town of Matthews.

The Matthews Alive Festival is a Labor Day weekend celebration dedicated to the support of local non-profit organizations. This year, Matthews Alive was held on September 1-4.

We raffled off 1 electronic toothbrush a day and a flat screen tv. Here is one of our prize WINNERS, more pictures to come…



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6 Tips to Brush Your Teeth the Right Way

As they say, your smile is the prettiest thing you can wear. You are never fully dressed without it.

But how can you maintain a perfect smile?

In recent years, we have seen an explosion of interest when it comes to oral health. So many cosmetic and restorative dental techniques have been introduced into the market to promote a healthier, lovelier smile.

But nothing comes close to brushing your teeth. If you do it properly, you don’t have to worry about getting cosmetic or restorative dental treatment just to have a beautiful smile.


Happy Monday from Friendly Dental Group of Rock Hill!

Our Rock Hill dental practice is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina and also near the surrounding cities of Indian Land and Fort Mill, SC. Our dentists and dental staff in Rock Hill are very experienced. Sean Barnwell and Brenda Halsey provides quality dental care for all general, pediatric, and preventive dental needs.

Our Rock Hill dental office is open 5 days a week. If you are in need of a dental check-up or cleaning go visit our Rock Hill dental practice, walk-ins are always welcome. Come in and say hello to our staff and be treated with professional, quality, and friendly dental care.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment. If you have any questions call us at (803) 327-1500 or email us at






Friendly Dental Group is a Preferred Invisalign Provider in Charlotte NC

Most people consider the process of aligning crooked teeth fit for mainly teenagers and kids. However, adults can still benefit from the Invisalign procedure.

Wearing metal braces may seem unpleasant to adults who value their smile. For anybody that lives in Charlotte and needs an Invisalign consultation, visit Friendly Dental as we have over 20 locations in the great Charlotte area with several preferred Invisalign Orthodontists.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a type of dental treatment that helps align your teeth back to their correct position. The procedure involves wearing clear plastic aligners that straighten your teeth.

Patients who use Invisalign don’t have to wear metal braces. The aligners are swapped after every 2 weeks until your teeth are well aligned.

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Preferred Invisalign Doctor

Why would I want Invisalign?

If you have crooked teeth, you may want to put on braces or Invisalign. Most people prefer Invisalign due to their invisible nature.

Unlike metal braces which are visible, Invisalign cannot be easily detected. With smooth edges, Invisalign gives you uttermost comfort.

Additionally, Invisalign is removable and you can comfortably remove your invisible aligners while having a meal.

Benefits of Invisalign

  • Helps you straighten crooked teeth without affecting your smile. Your friends will hardly know that you are wearing anything.
  • Their soft edges make them comfortable to wear. You will hardly feel irritation in your mouth; a common attribute with metal braces.
  • During meals, when brushing or flossing, you can remove them. This is NOT the case with metal braces.
  • Unlike metallic braces that are difficult to clean, Invisalign braces are easy to clean and maintain. After removing, you can brush and soak them comfortably.
  • The Invisalign process is a shorter treatment period. Ideally, you may need approximately 12 months to align your teeth.

Who needs Invisalign and why?

There are a few signs that may cause your Orthodontist to request you to wear Invisalign. Invisalign is appropriate for anyone who has overcrowded teeth, crooked teeth, an under-bite, an overbite, a cross-bite and an open-bite.

All these conditions should be treated on time to prevent the problem from worsening.


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Invisalign vs. Braces?

Braces comprise of metal sections being stuck to your teeth, and entwined by wires and minor elastic bands.

Invisalign is imperceptible. Nobody may even notice that you’re wearing them, making Invisalign a consistent fit with your way of life.

Also, aligner plates made of free clear plastic are worn over your teeth to position them accurately.

What does it mean to be a preferred Invisalign provider?

charlotte invisalignLike most restorative needs, choosing the Invisalign Orthodontist is a critical choice. You need to pick an Orthodontist that you know well, understands your problem and provides the treatment results you’re searching for.

Invisalign dentists have accomplished a HUGE level of involvement in treating variety of patients with this issue.

However, a few dentists have separated themselves with significantly higher experience and have produced quality results above average.

Invisalign for Teens

invisalign teen charlotteLet’s be honest. With school, games, dating, and hanging out with friends, getting metal braces is not at the highest priority on your to do list.

The thought on its own is a mind blowing experience. However, deciding to choose Invisalign as a teen or choosing Invisalign for your teen, can fix their teeth without metal wires and sections acting as a burden.

Invisalign Teen aligners are made of a smooth and clear plastic material. Your friends most likely won’t know you’re wearing them.

Invisalign Costs

The Invisalign costs of treatment varies with the duration of the treatment, the type of quality used and your location.

In addition, the cases of the patients differ hence simple cases may cost less while complex cases can be more.

However the payment methods can be arranged and you can pay in installments depending on your treatment schedule and dental insurance.

Why pick Friendly Dental Group for Invisalign?

At Friendly Dental Group we offer Invisalign treatment in Charlotte for adults and teens, restore comfort and health to you in the BEST possible way.

Our teams of highly experienced preferred Invisalign doctors are committed to providing the best care to our patients and at an affordable rate.

How regularly should I wear my Invisalign?

Invisalign is best worn for about 20 to 22 hours every day and removed when flossing, eating or brushing. They are easy to wear hence you are able to wear them for the prescribed time by your doctor.

The best part about the entire procedure is that many people will not know you’re fixing your teeth.

How long will treatment take?

The length of treatment relies on upon the seriousness of your case and must be controlled by your doctor. However, in the normal case, it takes around 12 months for adults.

On the other hand the time frame for a teen patient may be different and can be decided by the doctor.

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Invisalign positions your teeth to be more functional, balanced and healthy. This procedure not only improves your teeth but also enhances your appearance.

Here is a list of our Preferred Invisalign Locations:

If wish to know more about the treatments we offer for Invisalign in the Charlotte area, you can book an appointment or consultation with us today. You can also call us at 1-866-764-5387!

About Us

The Friendly Dental Group is one of the largest and fastest-growing dental practices in the Charlotte area and the Carolinas, providing a wide range of dental care services, including; teeth whitening, extractions, braces and Invisalign, dentures, tooth fillings, and many other dental care procedures.

Our dentists and staff members are committed to providing our patients throughout North and South Carolina with high-quality customer service! At Friendly Dental Group, we strive to meet and exceed every patient's needs and expectations.

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