Lydia – crowded teeth

Porcelain veneers (Front 8 teeth)

Lydia had crooked teeth. This is very common when there is not enough space in the mouth for the teeth to actually fit in. The teeth start to move around because there is not enough space. This usually happens when the patient is in their teens and the baby teeth are changing over to the permanent teeth. Because there is not enough room they start to look crooked and buckle up.

Generally, there are 2 treatment options for this; one would be orthodontic treatment and that can be with traditional metal braces, ceramic with wires, or it can be with clear aligners such as Invisalign. Both methods when we move teeth around, it takes a lot of time usually around 1 ½ to 2 ½ years. The downside to this is that when using traditional braces, some patients find them unsightly due to the visible metal and some patients do not want that.

With clear aligners there are only certain cases where they can be used, because the forces given through the aligner are not as predictable as metal wires or brackets in the mouth. The other options patients have, is that if the teeth are compromised as in the shape, colour or size are not correct or as they wish, they may prefer to opt for porcelain veneers, which would give a more ideal smile and aesthetics.

In Lydia’s case one of the biggest constraints was time. She works in the beauty industry and desired a more rapid result. Porcelain veneers usually take around 4-6 weeks and when comparing to braces which may take up to 2 ½ years, it is a much faster process. The only downside to porcelain veneers is really 2 fold; they last about 10-15 years, and there is a high cost because we actually need a ceramist to create the porcelain for the patient. The upside is that we can get the ideal cosmetics are we are manufacturing the cosmetics in our onsite lab meaning we can make a perfect smile.

In Lydia’s case we did her front 8 teeth, going back to the first pre-molar with the main difference being realignment of all of those teeth.


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