Can Porcelain Veneers Correct Overlapping Crowded Teeth? (photo)

Hi I am 23 years old.As u can see from the pic I have overlapping and crowded teeth.I only want to correct my upper jaw and smile confidently.For that can i go for porcelain veneers?How is it done and will it be suitable for my case?And is it permanent treatment to keep my teeth straighten?I do not want to go for invisalign or braces as it is painful and may require tooth extraction(as suggested by my doc since i do not have sufficient room)PLS suggest if there are other options too.THNX

Doctor Answers 8

Crowded Teeth

Veneers can definitely correct crowded teeth.  However, you want to be careful when deciding to treat your teeth with veneers.  Due to the amount of crowding I see in your picture, I would feel more comfortable treating you with some kind of orthodontic treatment.  You have options such as traditional orthodontic treatment (ie: braces) or Invisalign (clear aligners).  Based on the picture I see of your teeth, you seem to be a younger patient.  Therefore, be careful when deciding to do any treatment which requires grinding on tooth structure, ie: Veneers.  You may want to take the more conservative route so that you preserve more of your natural tooth structure. Good Luck!

Dr. Parnaz Aurasteh

Beverly Hills Dentist
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Veneers for overlapping teeth

Porcelain veneers can offer a very good solution to your overlapping upper teeth.  Yours is a challenging case and should only be done by a VERY experienced cosmetic dentist that uses proper planning prior to starting your treatment.  This planning includes before and after imaging, a diagnostic wax up, and meticulous temporary veneers.  There is a risk of needed future root canal treatment due to the extreme crowding you exhibit.  If your dentist does not tell you this I would be very skeptical.

Steven M. Goldy,DDS

Steven Goldy, DDS
Beverly Hills Dentist
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Veneers and crowding

In answer to your question, porcelain veneers would be a great option for you in achieving a more symmetrical, even, and brighter smile. They are often used to correct crowded teeth. Just remember when treating crowded teeth, we need to prepare the tooth more and there is always the small risk of having to treat the nerve. The ideal treatment (although longer) is Invisalign and then veneers. If you decide to do veneers right away, talk to your dentist about pros and cons for your particular case and degree of crowding. The amount of veneers you need depends on how widely you smile and what your goals are. In most cases 8 or 10 veneers will achieve a beautiful complete result.The procedure takes multiple office visits. It starts with a planning phase where take impressions and photographs and we get a mockup from the lab where we can create a trial smile. You can actually see in our mouth what your smile with veneers would look like. Then after your teeth are prepared you wear temporaries for a few weeks and come in for your final restorations to be cemented permanently. Good luck! Follow us for more information.

Victoria Veytsman, DDS
New York Dentist
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Crowding and Veneers

You need to reconsider Invisalign or Braces. You might be able to improve your smile without any extractions. You are concerned about "pain." Invisalign is typically not a painful process. With the new aligners patients report that the treatment is very comfortable. What will be more "painful" is having to file down your teeth for porcelain veneers and the added cost of having to redo them in the future. 

In theory you could fix your smile with veneers but it should not be your first option.

Sylvan Fain, DDS
Miami Dentist
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Dr. Gerry Curatola's opinion on Porcelain Veneers vs. Invisalign for teeth crowding.

Based on the photos that you submitted and your age, I would advise getting another consultation for Invisalign. I have treated many crowding cases such as yours with Invisalign, most very easily and without extractions necessary. In the past, extraction therapy and conventional braces would be an understandable pause to consider another option such as porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers, which I have been placing since 1983, while another option, would involve significant preparation (filing down) of your young healthy teeth, which will probably also involve anesthetic injections, temporary veneers (while the permanents get made). They would also, most probably, involve more sensitivity, and most definitely, be more cost. 

Gerry Curatola, DDS
Manhattan Dentist
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Can Porcelain Veneers Correct Overlapping Crowded Teeth? (photo)

Veneers usually fix problems like crowding. The more the crowding, the more it's necessary to plan well. Also, the more crowded it is, the more important you find a highly skilled cosmetic dentist.

You might be able to just fix the top teeth, but sometimes the straightness of your new top smile may be interfered with by the misalignment of your bottom teeth.

Sometimes some straightening or correction of your lower teeth is necessary as well, so that the new top smile can fit together correctly.

You will be unhappy with the results if you have an average dentist make your veneers. Your case is complex and you need a high degree of skill and experience to get a result you'll love.


Veneers for correction of crowding.

You should not rule out short-term invisalign or braces but if you absolutely don't want straightening, the short answer is yes veneers will work but there are several considerations.  The most important one is the position of the front tooth that sticks out the most and how much it would need to be reduced to allow for the thickness of the veneer.  I have done several cases similar to yours with veneers but careful planning is required.  Find an experienced cosmetic dentist who can do a complete smile analysis and be sure to ask for a wax model to see what your final veneers will look like and how much tooth reduction is necessary.

Michael Firouzian, DDS
Columbus Dentist
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Alternative to invisalign crowded teeth

The best option in your case is salign. Based on your picture, I am pretty sure that there is a way without having to extract teeth. Now, that being said, your case can be correct with crowns and veneer, although you have severe crowding. The treatment is permanent, but you may have to eventually replace the veneers and crowns in ten to fifthteen years (normal wearness). The whole process might take about a month to fix your smile.

Ba Khoa Nguyen, DDS
Montreal Dentist

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