This lady came to our practice with concerns about the appearance of her upper front teeth.. She actually had gaps between the four front teeth but the gaps had been closed in the past by adding a filling material over the surface and in between the teeth. She had been happy with this for a while but now the material had started to stain and chip away. She had also worn the the teeth down by grinding her teeth.
We started by making models of her teeth and then a 3D simulation of the planned new tooth shapes, called a diagnostic wax-up, was made and tried in over her existing teeth so that she could see what we could do. The great thing about this technique is that there are no surprises. The end result is exactly the same as the preview that the patient sees at this stage. She really liked the result.
The next step was to whiten her teeth with a home tooth whitening kit.
Finally the old filling material was removed, the teeth were minimally prepared and four porcelain veneers were made to replace the existing material and close the gaps between the teeth.
She had waited a long time to get the result she wanted and she was very happy with the final result.