Spaces between your teeth could significantly ruin your smile aesthetics. There are indeed many different forms of ways to fix these teeth spaces, some common examples include traditional braces, invisalign and zenyum.
But in the cases where the gaps are so small (see picture), even these treatments will likely do you no good and you will only be throwing your cash away. That being said, having extremely small gaps in your teeth is not a lost cause as teeth veneers can solve them all!
What is a Teeth Veneer?
A teeth veneer is a thin layer of material that is bonded to the front surface of your teeth.
It serves as a protection while enhancing your teeth’s cosmetic appeal.
Types of Teeth Veneers and Their Process
Composite and porcelain are the 2 main types of materials used to produce a veneer. Composite veneers can either be applied to your teeth directly or applied “indirectly”—bonded to your teeth after the veneers are custom made in a dental laboratory.
Direct composite veneers take only a few hours for you to achieve a long-lasting beautiful smile. On the other hand, porcelain veneers can only be applied “indirectly” after the custom made process.
For indirect composite and porcelain veneers, the dentist will first make impressions of your teeth by taking x-rays and using moulds. Patients will receive a set of temporary veneers while waiting for the actual custom made teeth veneer to arrive which usually takes up to 3 weeks.
*In some cases, shaving of enamel needs to be done to ensure a natural finish for veneers
Having Small Teeth Spaces
Gaps between your teeth can be caused by many reasons, some of them include:
- Missing or undersized tooth
- Cracked or broken tooth
- Oversized labial frenum (soft tissue from the lips to gums)
- Gum disease/Receding gums
Why Choose Teeth Veneers to Close Teeth Spaces
While other teeth alignment treatments such as braces are commonly chosen to close gaps and straighten teeth, they may not work as well for small gaps between teeth.
As you can see from the above picture, teeth are already touching and it will be very difficult to close the gaps unless teeth shaving procedures are done.
As such, by choosing teeth veneers that can be customized to the gap size, these teeth spaces can be closed seamlessly and within a much shorter span of time.
Other Benefits of Teeth Veneers
1. Teeth veneers can fix anything from uneven colouring to severe discolouration of teeth (which in some cases cannot be fixed even with whitening) and give you a natural finish.
Particularly for porcelain veneers, the colour can be adjusted to make dull and dark teeth look brighter and whiter. Not only that, an added advantage of porcelain veneers is the easy maintenance of your new smile as they are stain resistant.
2. Teeth veneers can protect your natural teeth from further damage or decay. The coating effectively prevents food residue getting stuck on the front surface of the tooth which can allow for bacterial growth and infection.
3. Teeth veneers are essentially non-toxic coatings over the teeth which do not hurt your gum. The process of getting them done as described above, is non-intrusive and painless.
In the case you need to shave off enamel, it is not painful! The enamel is made out of dead tissues with no nerve cells therefore, removing a thin layer of the enamel does not hurt. Even after the veneers are fitted, they do not cause pain or discomfort when engaging in normal activities like eating.
Here at Vivid Dental Surgeons, we aim to educate our patients on matters regarding oral hygiene and health. We hope that this article gave you clarity regarding the topic of closing teeth space with teeth veneers.
If you are still unsure or is worried about any parts of the procedure, be sure to voice out your concerns to your dentist. Only by exercising good communication will you be able to receive the most optimal treatment.
Should you have any more questions regarding teeth veneers, teeth spaces or other oral health related matters, feel free to drop Dr Ryan a message here.
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