An individual came to us dissatisfied with the appearance of their smile and wanted to close the gaps between the front teeth. Orthodontics is often the best way to fix this type of gap, however, if a patient doesn’t want to have braces then veneers are an excellent option.
What is a Dental Veneer?
Let’s talk a little bit about what a veneer actually is.
- A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain or ceramic that is cemented over the front of your teeth to change the appearance, including color, shape and spacing.
- In most cases, the teeth must be “prepared” for a veneer by removing a small amount of enamel from the tooth.
- An impression is made of the teeth, a color is selected by the dentist and then the dental laboratory creates the veneers, which are then cemented on by the dentist.
A veneer is very different from a crown (or “cap”). A veneer requires much less preparation of the tooth than a crown, and usually only covers the front surface of the tooth, while a crown covers the entire tooth surface.
Veneers Before and After
In the before and after images above, the patient had four of their upper front teeth veneered to close the spaces and improve the overall appearance of their smile!