Using Porcelain Veneers to Close Tooth Gaps

Although some people consider a gap in the front teeth rather sexy, many people who do have gaps in their teeth are self-conscious about the aesthetic appearance of their mouths. There are any number of reasons for using veneers, closing gaps in teeth being only one of them.

Veneers can be used to:

  • Fill in gaps
  • Make misaligned and uneven teeth seem straighter
  • Cover discoloured teeth
  • Cover chipped or broken teeth
  • Cover teeth that are worn down.

What are Veneers?

veneers

There are two main types of veneers, porcelain and resin composite.

Porcelain

The application of porcelain veneers requires at least two visits to your cosmetic dentist in Delta, BC. During the first visit, a mould is made of the tooth/teeth to be veneered. A temporary veneer is lightly cemented in place, while you wait for your permanent veneer to be manufactured. On the second visit, the temporary veneer is removed and the tooth is lightly etched, or roughened, by using a mild chemical. This roughening will allow the veneer to adhere more easily and permanently to your tooth. Porcelain veneers are permanent, because your tooth has been shaped to accept the veneer. If the veneer becomes discoloured or chipped, it must be replaced. If more severe problems, like tooth decay under the veneer occur, a crown replacement might be the only option left to rescue the tooth.

Resin Composite

The tooth to be veneered is lightly roughened or etched to secure a better bond with the resin. The resin is then applied in layers by the dentist. Each layer is set by using a strong light to harden the resin. Once the requisite number of layers has been achieved, the dentist then shapes and polishes the veneer to match your teeth. An alternative can be used. The dentist takes a mould of the tooth to be veneered. A dental technician will then manufacture a resin composite veneer, using that mould, which will then be permanently fixed to your tooth. Resin composite veneers chip and crack easier than porcelain veneers. Resin composite veneers also discolour easier than porcelain veneers.

Veneers might not be for everyone

You can’t get veneers if:

  • There is gum disease or tooth decay in your mouth. This problem must be addressed first.
  • There is reduced enamel on the tooth for whatever reason. The enamel cannot therefore be etched to accept the veneer.
  • Too much of the tooth is missing. A crown might be the better option in this case.
  • There is too much biting and grinding of the teeth. This will crack or chip the veneer very easily.

Please Take Note

  • Veneers must be brushed and flossed just like your other teeth.
  • If the veneer is not placed correctly, or not sealed properly, tooth decay can occur under the veneer.
  • Avoid hard or chewy foods, or at least be very careful when eating these foods. Veneers can chip or crack, or the bond between the veneer and your tooth could be loosened.

As we have seen, veneers can be used to treat a multitude of cosmetic problems. Using veneers to close gaps in your teeth is a relatively inexpensive and non-invasive procedure, and gives long-lasting results.