Dark metal showing at edges of crowns on back teeth
Clients love the ideas of having a new smile but shy from the thought that they will hurt their teeth or end up with a fake looking result. One of the biggest motivators to say "yes I want to go forward" is when they hear that we will not have to drill on their teeth. Another motivator is when they see the back crowns with black lines at the gumline.
Smile Makeover using veneers with small amount of drilling
Minimal preparation veneers to improve an occlusal plane slant (canted upper teeth) and "all porcelain crowns" on the back teeth to remove the "dark lines at the gumline"
Traditionally, significant enamel removal was required to place porcelain veneers. Advanced techniques now allow dentists to place veneers with little to no preparation. Dr. James Fondriest performs this treatment for qualified patients at Lake Forest Dental Arts in Chicago, IL.
About This Case: You don’t have to have your teeth drilled down to stubs
We hear these remorseful words daily: “I should have worn my retainer after my braces were removed.” This patient had significant drifting of her teeth over the 20 years since her braces. She also had some very mediocre dentistry. The crowns on her back teeth were not that old but already had recession and dark metal showing at the margins. She wanted to have everything straight, clean and fresh again but didn’t want her teeth “drilled down to stubs”. Looking at her “before” picture, her gum levels were uneven, the front incisors slanted to her left, the teeth were asymmetrically shaped.
We directed her to a periodontist to have a gum lift. The gum lift raised and leveled her gum scallops. When the gums show a lot in the smile, they can be raised to lessen the gum showing. Because the eye teeth were pushed out a bit and the central teeth were angled, we had to drill a little but we didn’t have to make temporaries for them because you couldn’t see where we did drill. When the veneers came, we bonded them to the fronts of the teeth. The porcelain veneers were much brighter and were aligned well. They gave her that fresh healthy look she asked for!
Minimum preparation veneers are ideal for small changes in shape or alignment of your teeth. They also can be used to cover stains or discolorations. Learn more about veneers with minimal drilling.
Contact Lake Forest Dental Arts Today
Are you interested in enhancing your smile, but you’re not sure you want to undergo traditional veneer treatment? Contact our Chicago, IL practice to find out if you qualify for minimum preparation veneers. Call us at 847-234-0517.
Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States