Smile re-alignment can be an additive-reductive process
Often times patients request veneers when their teeth are significantly crowded, rotated, or poorly spaced. It is beneficial to limit the amount of tooth structure removal when doing cosmetic veneers. Far less tooth structure is lost if an orthodontist is employed to fix tooth alignment prior to doing the veneers. This patient just finished orthodontics. The orthodontic goal was to improve her occlusion and to align the tooth roots and to create a natural symmetry of the gum tissue. The front worn tooth edges were left uneven because that is much more easily fixed with veneers.
Pre-prosthetic alignment of teeth to lessen amount of tooth preparation
Treatment consisted of subtle teeth reshaping, lower tooth surface smoothing, bleaching, and 6 Feldspathic veneers were done on the upper front teeth. She wanted very smooth surface texture and natural coloration of her new veneers.
Braces are often done prior to cosmetic makeovers
A great many of our patients are referred by orthodontists who have carefully straightened the teeth of their patients. Once the teeth are aligned, there can still be spaces, mismatched teeth in shape, color, translucency, width, etc that can easily be civered over and corrected emplying porcelain veneers.