July 29, 2015
There are three ways to fix gaps between the teeth.
The first is to move the teeth closer together. This can be done with braces or Invisalign.
The second way is to fill the spaces in with tooth coloured filling material – resin bonding. This makes the teeth look a little wider so it depends on the size of the gap, and it will also stain and chip over time. An average for bonding may be around 5 years but may last much longer with care.
The last option is with porcelain veneers or crowns. These can look more natural and don’t stain like the bonding can. I don’t have a picture of veneers used for bonding but go to our website for a picture of before and after porcelain veneers compared to resin bonding veneers HERE
December 14, 2009
Not all people want perfect even teeth. This patient of mine was concerned about the discolouration and poor longevity of the resin bondings that had been done on her front teeth. While is would be possible to do orthodontics and straighten these teeth, the patients chief concern was to keep her smile looking ‘like me!’ – that is, to maintain the crowded appearance which created character that she had had all her life.
The most conservative option was new resin bonding to replace the discoloured fillings, but the two smaller lateral incisors had more extensive damage. We opted for a veneer on one and a crown on the other. You can see by the following photo that a crown is a more aggressive approach (right) than a veneer (left). The bondings had been redone at this stage.
I think the final results have been fantastic – it is very difficult to match one tooth and often people get 6 or 8 front teeth done together to make an easier colour match. Although this was more difficult, it ended up with must less damage to the mouth overall.
I thought I would share it. Happy New Year!