While having a gap between your teeth may not present any problems for your dental health, the gap may make you self-conscious or otherwise unhappy with your smile. Fortunately there are a number of treatments available to effectively fix tooth gaps.
For a relatively small tooth gap, dental bonding can be an excellent solution. You want to be sure to work with an expert cosmetic dentist, since handling the composite resins that are used in bonding requires a high degree of artistry and technical expertise. Using the bonding material the dentist will build up the sides of the tooth to fill the gap. Since the resin is specially mixed to match the color and translucency of your teeth, the end result can be very natural and very beautiful
A Tooth Gap Successfully Closed Using Dental Bonding
Porcelain Veneers to close a larger tooth gap
For large gaps, dental bonding may not be the best approach. The end result can be teeth that are too bulky and thick. Instead, your cosmetic dentist may opt to use porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin wafers of porcelain that are bonded to the tooth. To get a truly natural look the teeth will normally be shaped or “shaved” to compensate for the thickness of the veneers. Having veneers placed can be more expensive and time consuming than bonding, but in some cases, they will achieve a much better result.
Depending on your particular situation, your dentist may recommend that you visit an orthodontist to have your gap narrowed. The braces move your teeth closer together in order to eliminate the gap. If you feel strongly that you do not want any type of artificial material attached to your teeth, then braces may be a good option for you. On the downside, braces can take a long time to do their job, and they can be extremely uncomfortable. Even after your treatment is complete, you will probably have to use a retainer to keep your teeth from shifting back to their original position.
Invisalign braces are sometimes referred to as invisible braces. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear plastic “aligners” that reposition your teeth if you follow the prescribed instructions regarding the wearing of the aligners. Invisalign is faster than traditional braces, but can be more expensive.
Dr. Bender will be happy to discuss all your options for closing your tooth gap. Call our offices and our staff will work with you to arrange a consultation.