And here is the pretty smile on this young lady after closing the gap on the right side (the patient’s left side). She was VERY excited with the results, and we were too!
Here’s a better view of the situation. The orthodontist moved the teeth to the right spot, but there still appears to be too much space between these two. It is not actually a tooth-position problem, but in fact is a tooth SHAPE discrepancy. With a bit of bonding we can add to both these teeth and dramatically close the spacing.
Ok….here’s what we did. Only the front 4 teeth are crowned. Everything else whitened nicely and there was no reason to put crowns on these other teeth. So instead of having crowns on all her upper teeth this happy patient was able to have only 4 and get an absolutely fantastic final result.
And the veneers for these teeth came out great! The patient was SOOOO excited!!
This was the day we put them in, so the tissue has not had time to fill in between the two central incisors. But in a few more weeks the tissue will have completely healed and you won’t be able to tell that ANYTHING has been done!
So this area had too much space after braces, but everything else was ideal. Some patients would be fine with the space between these teeth, but it REALLY bothered this patient. So our solution was to add a bit of bonding to either tooth, closing the gap and making it look better.
As you can tell, I obviously did not think these teeth were in need of veneers. A little bonding and a few minutes later they looked like new! I told the patient that she might EVENTUALLY need more definitive restorations (veneers) but for now the bonding was the easiest, least invasive, least expensive alternative. She was thrilled with the results!
And one last look at our before-and-after of the happy patient:
The orthodontist moved the teeth and carefully created the ideal space for a lateral incisor:
I won’t show the tooth completely cleaned out, but it turned out to have a very deep cavity. However, after placing the filling, you can barely tell the tooth had any work at all. It came out great!
And only a little more, and you can REALLY see all the cavity!!