Treating Dental Gaps with Porcelain Veneers
Dental gaps are common. However, some patients don’t like their appearance, and wish to undergo treatment to close the gap.
To get the straighter, more uniform teeth that most of our Canton, OH patients desire, Dr. Bruce E. Treiber recommends porcelain veneers for gaps. Porcelain veneers conceal cosmetic blemishes and give the appearance of white, straight, unflawed teeth.
Am I a Candidate?
There are a few different dental treatments that can address dental gaps, so many patients wonder if porcelain veneers are right for their unique situation. Porcelain veneers are a strictly cosmetic dentistry treatment. While veneers will hide gaps, they will not correct the position of the teeth. In most cases, this is sufficient.
However, if spacing issues are interfering with a patient’s bite or causing other dental complications, orthodontic treatment may be necessary.
Dental bonding is another cosmetic treatment that can improve the appearance of dental gaps. But the results of dental bonding are limited. Porcelain veneers are ideal for patients who have larger gaps that cannot be adequately treated with dental bonding. Porcelain veneers are also a great option for patients who have additional cosmetic concerns, because the veneers improve the size, shape, and color of the teeth to completely makeover the smile.
The Treatment Process
Porcelain veneers treatment involves three steps: designing the veneers, prepping the teeth, and bonding the veneers in place.
Dr. Treiber begins treatment by designing a set of porcelain veneers that will meet the specific needs of his Canton patients. He considers the size, shape, and color of adjacent teeth, as well as each patient’s facial features and proportions.
After design choices have been made, he will take molds and images of the teeth using our CAD/CAM technology so your veneers fit closely and comfortably.
Prior to placing porcelain veneers, Dr. Treiber will prepare the teeth by removing a thin layer of tooth enamel. Tooth enamel must be removed to create space that allows the veneers to sit flush with adjacent teeth. The majority of the tooth structure will remain intact, but patients should understand that porcelain veneers treatment is irreversible. After the teeth have been prepped, they will require the strength and protection of porcelain veneers.
The final step of porcelain veneers treatment is placement. At most dental practices, porcelain veneers are placed a couple of weeks after the teeth have been prepared. Thanks to the CAD/CAM technology that Dr. Treiber uses at our Canton practice, patients can often have their permanent porcelain veneers placed on the same day that the teeth are prepped. The completed veneers will be bonded to the facial surface of the teeth with a special dental compound.
Get in Touch
Porcelain veneers conceal dental gaps and hide a number of other cosmetic imperfections to enhance the natural beauty of the smile. If you’d like to learn more about porcelain veneers treatment, we encourage you to contact us at your earliest convenience, or schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce E. Treiber by calling (330) 478-4949.