COSMETIC VENEER Case studies by Dr Adam Glassford


The following pictures are all before and after cases prepared and completed entirely by Dr Adam Glassford and his ceramic technician Phil. No photo re-touching or digital enhancement has been used whatsoever

Minimal preparation veneers case


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This case demonstrates correction of a smile that was gummy, had teeth worn down by tooth grinding in the past and spaces that had been closed by a previous dentist using composite filling material. The case planning begins with photographs and models to plan the ideal correct proportions and smile lines.
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The final result shows shape, contour and proportions all corrected to match the lip lines and patient’s smile. The veneers are individually handmade using Creation ceramic layering and the lower teeth were whitened using a home tray whitening system with 6% carbide peroxide

4 upper veneers and whitening to rest of the teeth


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The starting point was a healthy mouth but chipped and worn upper incisor teeth. The patient was also unhappy about the yellowy colour of the rest of her natural teeth
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The final result was planned using models and photographs of the smile and lip contour. Here minimal preparation veneers were possible and colour matched to the whitened teeth elsewhere ion the mouth. The patient raised the shade of her teeth by several levels on the value scale. This will be easy to maintain long term with occasional top up applecations of whitening possibly once per year.

Minimal preparation veneers Case


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This case shows the closure of a very wide midline gap (diastema) by redistributing the space amongst the other teeth. Initially photographs and models are taken to plan the exact width redistribution. After a diagnostic wax up model has been produced the teeth are prepared and the temporary veneers fitted:
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Prepared teeth pic 1; The trial smile wax up was used to guide minimal preparation of the teeth. The preps were so minimal, I managed to remain within the enamel layer which is very important for long term health of the teeth and also creates the best bond to the veneer. The picture on the right shows the temporary veneers fitted made from the diagnostic wax up models.
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final veneers fitted. This case shows how even with a wide midline gap (diastema) full closure is possible whilst maintaining great gum contour and health. The patient chose a shade lighter than his original teeth and then proceeded to have whitening on his lower natural teeth later to catch up with the new veneers.

Replacement of old veneers and orthodontic correction Case 1


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This case shows correction of the proclaimed teeth as well as old failing veneers. The old feldspathic porcelain veneers had been fitted around 10 years ago by another dentist

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A simple removable brace was worn for around 3 months to pull back the teeth and align them into a correct position. In doing this, it was possible to then prepare the teeth for new veneers which were a much better shape and contour
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the final result shows 6 new individual veneers with natural effect characterisation and detail. Notice the exceptional health of the gums demonstrating perfect accuracy of fit to the underlying teeth

Cosmetic veneers replacing old composite bonding


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This patient had composite bonding by his previous dentist to attempt to close the wide gaps between his teeth. Bonding can be useful in cl;owing small gaps but this example shows inappropriate choice of technique. When closing large gaps, only ceramic veneers will be strong enough to last long term.
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The case was planned using diagnostic wax ups to create a ‘trial smile’ for patient approval. This can be worn for several weeks so that the patient can decide if they like the look, feel and phonetics of their teeth before finals are made and fitted.
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the final veneers made according to the approved trial smile. Not the closure of the wide midline diastema gap whilst maintaining perfect gum profiles. This case presented a challenge from a design point of view and the previous dentist’s failure to deal with the problem highlights one short coming of composite bonding namely the difficulty in closing wide spaces. The gums in this case needed some modification using an electro-cautery technique to sculpt the shape at the zenith area of each tooth as well as in between each veneer.

Replacing old veneers and dealing with gum recession


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This patient had veneers placed over 20 years ago and had also suffered gum disease during that time. Now that the gum disease had been dealt with and the patient able to look after the teeth well, I planned a total makeover of the smile using photographs and diagnostic wax up models
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The final smile consisted of Elite level cosmetic ceramic veneers designed to fit the lip contours and smile lines.

Replacing failed bonding with veneers


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This patient suffered acid erosion from dietary causes and a previous dentist repaired this using composite bonding but didn’t do a satisfactory job. In order to correct the problem the patient could have opted for new bonding with an anticipated lifespan of around 5 years or minimal preparation cosmetic ceramic veneers.
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The decision was made to prepare the 4 upper front teeth for minimal preparation Elite level cosmetic veneers. The rest of the teeth were whitened first to lift the colour by around 4 shades before matching in the new veneers. As with all my work I created a natural look and in this case we selected fully natural characterisation.

Zero preparation veneer case 1


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This case shows a young patient in her early twenties who was unhappy with the appearance of her teeth in terms of shape, size and colour. Due to her young age I did not advise any preparation of the healthy natural teeth. We discussed the alternative of composite bonding versus ceramic no-prep veneers and the veneers were selected. The critical area to consider when providing this treatment is the join between the veneer and tooth at the gum level. Poorly fitting veneers create inflamed gums but here as you can see the gums are in perfect health.IMG_2256

Zero preparation veneer case 2


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This patient was aware of her upper canine teeth dominating her smile and looking ‘fang like’ and disliking the overall unevenness of her smile. After an analysis of the smile, it is clear that the problem lies with the teeth in front and behind of the canines which tilt inwards creating the prominent canine look.
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Zero preparation veneers were designed and made resulting in no drilling of the healthy teeth whatsoever. This is an ultra-conservative way to improve the smile in the right circumstances. Not all patients are suitable for zero prep so a thorough assessment is key to the process.
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The final veneers ideally match the patients smile and lip lines for a natural look.