Designing clip-in veneers when there are gaps in the customer’s natural teeth can sometimes present challenging issues. Its not so much of a problem when the gap is caused by the loss of one or more teeth as we can “fill” the gap left by a missing tooth with a corresponding false tooth in the clip-in veneer.
The more difficult problems tend to be with gaps caused by separation between the teeth. Sometimes these gaps are called diastemas, and its quite common for such gaps to occur between the two upper front teeth or other teeth. For example when teeth are lost /extracted, the remaining teeth can separate out.
A customer we recently manufactured clip-in veneers was particularly concerned about gaps caused by the customer’s hypodontia (a natural condition meaning she wa smissing some of her teeth). The dentist, to avoid leaving whole-teeth gaps, had fused the natural teeth that had come through but the customer was not happy wit the result which still left a lot of gapping.
The customer therefore asked, could clip-in veneers provide a cosmetic improvement?
The dififculty for our designers is that if the veneers replicate the positioning and number of the existing teeth, widening each veneer to cover the gaps, the result can be excessively wide “bunny” teeth, which obviously the customer did not want.
The solution was to design the veneers so that the additional teeth were inserted to the veneer which did not replicate actual or mkissing teeth, with the veneer whilst sitting on the framework of the existing natural teeth. The designer had to balance-out the new teeth to give as natural an appearance as possible.The result is a veneer which added extra teeth to fill the gaps without creating the appearance of excessively wide teeth.
The customer did not want perfectly straight teeth and chose shade A1. This kind of design work is only possible with our Elite veneers.
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Here are photos showing how the original natural teeth looked versus the final clip-in veneer.