Nicola,

We're assuming that the gum line/tooth shortness issue you mention is somewhat similar to that illustrated with the case above.

If so, it's most likely that "gum sculpting" could be performed, so to show more of the shorter tooth. Afterward a new veener could be placed so both teeth look the same length.

We're unclear exactly what type of gum discoloration you have. Periodontist (gum specialists) are expert at performing gum sculpting. They would also know if the gum discoloration problem you mention could be resolved too.

Every time a veneer is replaced a little bit more of tooth enamel gets trimmed away (enamel creates the strongest possible bond with a veneer). If you finally reach a point where little enamel remains, a crown likely makes the better choice. You'll simply need to rely on your dentist's judgment on this matter.

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