Porcelain Veneers for Gaps By Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S. on December 10, 2019

A woman with a tooth gap smilingVery few people are born with perfect smiles. That doesn’t mean perfect smiles are impossible, though. Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr. has performed countless smile makeovers at his Knoxville, TN dental practice, many of which involve the use of porcelain veneers. These versatile shells are color-matched to your existing teeth and able to address countless flaws, including cracks, chips, stains, and even tooth gaps.

Let’s take a moment to consider how porcelain veneers can effectively straighten smiles and fill gaps without the need for extensive orthodontic care.

Problems Caused by Tooth Gaps

Tooth gaps can cause a number of different problems with regard to your smile. That’s especially true of gaps between your two front teeth.

From the cosmetic side of things, prominent tooth gaps can leave you feeling self-conscious about the way you look. You could feel uncomfortable smiling, speaking, and laughing, even around people you have known for years. If you have a job that involves a lot of public interaction, these issues could become even more pronounced.

In term of dental health, tooth gaps could also be the sign of a dental alignment problem. These spacing issues could contribute to teeth grinding (bruxism) and TMJ disorders if they are not dealt with by a professional.

Porcelain Veneers as a Treatment for Spacing Issues

When a person’s tooth gaps are the result of unbalanced tooth size or other cosmetic spacing problems, porcelain veneers may be the ideal treatment option. These thin shells of dental ceramic help mask smile imperfections from view.

A single porcelain veneer or a pair of porcelain veneers can help address tooth size asymmetry, crooked teeth, and other problems that contribute to a prominent tooth gap.

Good Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

Good candidates for porcelain veneers are people who have a cosmetic gap between their teeth. If the gap is the result of a serious malocclusion issue, orthodontic care or more invasive treatment will be more ideal.

During your visit to our Knoxville dental care center, we can determine if porcelain veneers are an idea treatment for you and your needs.

The Results of Porcelain Veneers

The results of porcelain veneers treatment can be extremely dramatic. The veneer material is semi-translucent, which means that light will interact with the veneer in the same way it would your natural teeth. In natural light or artificial light, up close or at a distance, no one will notice that you have porcelain veneers in place.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

In general, porcelain veneers last about 10 years, give or take. At that point, you have new porcelain veneers placed to prolong the cosmetic benefits and help your smile continue to look its best.

Other Ways to Treat Tooth Gaps

If porcelain veneers are not an ideal way to treat your unwanted tooth gaps, there are other options to consider. Usually this means orthodontic care, which can improve overall spacing and help your smile look much straighter and even. We can discuss all treatment options for tooth gaps in greater detail during your visit to the practice.

Learn More About Enhancing Your Smile

For more information about porcelain veneers and why they may be the ideal option for you and your needs, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. You can reach our office in Knoxville by calling (865) 693-7631.

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