I want my gap gone: What's better, bonding or veneers or maybe lumineers? (Photos)
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Options to Close a GAP
You go to the dental office for a consultation and have models made. The models are sent to the lab and waxed to ideal with the space closed. A special try-in tray is made. You return to the office and the doctor will try in the mock up so you can see what closing the space would look like.
Then you decide with the dentist what material they recommend. "Bonding" plastic can be a first step-It runs around $850. per tooth but it won't last forever. That said, some of my 'bondings' have lasted over 20 years. They can stain and can chip and wear.
You also need to decide if you want to whiten and lighten your teeth to begin. That begins a discussion on bleaching.
Veneers are wonderful and more permanent but more expensive-Between 1500-1800 plus. You may need 4 veneers to evenly distribute the space but that's what the 'trial smile' helps decide.
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I want my gap gone: What's better, bonding or veneers or maybe lumineers?
Lumineers are just an old type of porcelain that is made very thin, and in a few cases can be made without any tooth preparation. In your case that would make your teeth look too thick. Thus, in order to get a natural result and the teeth not being too thick or wide, some tooth preparation is in order.
There are other types of porcelain veneers that are stronger than lumineers, and can still be made very thin (meaning, much less tooth preparation). My favorite is the EMax porcelain! Very strong (which usually means longer lasting), and very natural looking. And in the hands of a great cosmetic dentist and super ceramist, could give you an amazing smile with no more gaps!
Bonding, Lumineers, or Veneers
Bonding is the least expensive, but also the most temporary. When applied, it will match your tooth color, but stain a lot faster than your normal teeth, meaning that you'll need to get them redone several times over the next several years.
Lumineers will look great but lack the durability when used for closing gaps or spaces. Lumineers are great for discolored teeth that are otherwise normal. They are about as expensive as veneers, but don't typically last as long as veneers, without fracturing or just falling off.
Porcelain Veneers will look the best and last the longest (expect 20-30 years) if you are taking care of your teeth properly. They are just as expensive as Lumineers, but much more durable and cosmetically appealing. They require you to loose a little tooth structure, but they replace that lost tooth structure with a stronger more cosmetic structure.
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