Filling in spaces between teeth with dental veneers.

Dentists routinely fill in gaps between teeth by way of placing porcelain veneers.

They're best suited for applications where they're not placed under great stress (as compared to dental crowns, veneers are relatively brittle). This digital smile makeover provides an example of such a situation.

Case issues and concerns:

When you look at this "before" picture, most likely the first thing that you notice is the gap between this person's two center teeth.

(Dentists refer to this type of space as a diastema.)

To a lesser degree, there seems to be some additional spacing between these same teeth and their neighbors off to the side.

(Especially on the patient's left side.)

As a side note, when this woman submitted her picture, she stated in her email that having orthodontic treatment (braces) was not an option that she wanted to consider.

This smile has shows gaps between its incisors.
The smile after porcelain veneers have been placed.

Photo submitted by website visitor.

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Treatment solutions:

1) Which makes the best choice, veneers or crowns? -

Our "after" picture shows how this person's smile might be improved by placing porcelain veneers on her upper four center teeth. Dental crowns could be used to close in the spaces too. But crowns and veneers are intended for different applications and, with this case, veneers seem to be the right choice.

(Related information: What is the difference between porcelain veneers and dental crowns?)

2) Why veneers make the better choice. -

Porcelain veneers are best suited for situations where the teeth receiving them won't be exposed to excessive biting, clenching or chewing forces.

That seems to be the case here. Look at the "before" picture and notice where the lower front teeth bite against the uppers (it's on their backside). And also notice how the biting edges of the teeth that will get veneers show no signs of wear.

That suggests that these teeth will make good candidates for porcelain veneers because there is no evidence that the restorations will be exposed to extreme or excessive forces. (If they were, dental crowns would make the right choice because they are better suited for these types of conditions.)

(As explained in the link above, the underlying advantage of porcelain veneers over dental crowns is that less tooth structure needs to be trimmed away when they are placed.)

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