This case illustrates how simple changes to a couple of teeth can change a smile dramatically. The patient on this occasion was not happy with the gap in the right side of her smile caused by a diminutive lateral incisor and rotated canine.
We discussed various options-braces to move the teeth or porcelain veneers but the patient did not want to wear braces and did not want any adjustment done to her teeth. (The porcelain veneers would have given great, long lasting aesthetics but would have required some drilling, albeit very slight, to the outer surfaces of the teeth). We elected in the end to place direct composite fillings which meant I could complete them as a one visit procedure without any drilling to the teeth so no need for any local anaesthetic. Because the teeth were not altered we could, if we ever wanted, remove the fillings and leave the teeth exactly as they were before the treatment.
Direct composites offer great aesthetics, excellent value for money ( no laboratory fees to pay), can be completed in one day and can be repaired in the future, if needed. These advantages compared to porcelain veneers need to be set against the fact that porcelain work will typically hold its colour and surface contour for much longer and is much more wear resistant than composite work and can produce stunning aesthetics. As we have seen so many times before in this blog there are lots of way to deal with a gap and change a smile and it is always about allowing individuals the time and knowledge to let them make genuinely informed choices about what is right for them.
As ever if you would like to know if this work is appropriate for you then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01580 752202 and we will be happy to help.