Porcelain Veneers for Gapped Teeth

By Robert W. Hessberger, DDS on June 23, 2019

A porcelain veneer for a front toothFew people are born with a perfect smile. Modern cosmetic dentistry makes a perfect smile more possible than ever thanks to porcelain veneers, a highly effective smile makeover treatment. Countless patients at our Chicago, IL practice have achieved great outcomes with porcelain veneers.

People with gaps between their front teeth come to Dr. Robert W. Hessberger asking if porcelain veneers are right for their needs. Let’s discuss the use of porcelain veneers for tooth gaps and how they can benefit you.

Problems Caused by Gapped Teeth

Tooth gaps can cause a number of problems, particularly if they’re front and center in your smile.

A major gap could throw off the aesthetics of your smile, making you feel self-conscious whenever you speak or laugh around others. If you have a career that involves lots of interaction with clients, this could have a negative impact on your job performance. Sometimes these tooth gaps can also lead to speech impediments, which can be embarrassing.

How Porcelain Veneers Work

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic. They are designed to conceal the front portions of the teeth. When in place, porcelain veneers conceal cosmetic flaws from view and alter the overall size and shape of a tooth. For this reason, porcelain veneers are commonly used to treat the following aesthetic problems:

  • Gaps
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Stains
  • Asymmetry
  • Crookedness

Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

Good candidates for porcelain veneers are people experiencing cosmetic flaws that affect their smile. They should be in good dental health otherwise and understand the pros and cons of this cosmetic dentistry treatment option. During a consultation at our Chicago dental practice, we can discuss porcelain veneers and whether or not they are right for you.

How Many Porcelain Veneers Will I Need?

That depends on the nature of your tooth gap. Some patients may need two porcelain veneers (one over each incisor) to help naturally shrink the gap between these teeth. If one incisor is a different size than the other, a single porcelain veneer may be sufficient to fix the tooth gap.

We can discuss the number of veneers required and what may be best for you during your visit to the practice.

The Results of Porcelain Veneers Treatment

When a gap is treated with porcelain veneers, the results are generally excellent. The veneers look totally natural whether you are in natural light or artificial light, meaning no one will realize you’ve undergone dental treatment.

Porcelain Veneers vs. Orthodontics

Some patients may have tooth gaps that are too wide for porcelain veneers to treat. Additionally, some tooth gaps are part of a bigger issue of misalignment that require more involved dental treatment. In these cases, orthodontic care may be recommended for a patient rather than the use of porcelain veneers. The orthodontic procedure will help close the gap between teeth and improve overall health of the mouth.

We can discuss orthodontics for tooth gaps in greater detail during your visit to the practice.

Learn More About Cosmetic Dentistry

If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers and why they may be the right option for you and your needs, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist. Dr. Hessberger and his Chicago team can be reached by phone at (773) 792-5562.

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