Do you have gapped teeth? The medical term for a space between the teeth is diastema.
The gap occurs commonly between the two upper teeth but can happen between any two teeth. Gapped teeth can be a result of poor oral habit, structural abnormalities in the oral cavity or gum diseases. We will cover some common solutions for this issue.
Treatments for gapped teeth
The severity of the condition determines the most effective option for closing the gap.
Bonding is the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective method of closing the space between teeth. The procedure is straightforward and entails applying tooth-colored resin to the teeth. The resin blends in with healthy teeth, so it hardly noticeable. A dentist fuses it to the tooth with a special light.
Bonding often takes only a single office visit and, unlike veneers, does not need enamel removal. This means the process is reversible.
While it is a straightforward option, the material used in bonding is susceptible to discoloration. The procedure is not as long-lasting as other restorations such as veneers. The material chips and breaks away from the tooth after some years.
However, with proper care and maintenance, dental bonding can be a great way to close a gap. Repairing your bond is a quick and easy process.
Porcelain veneers can correct gapped teeth, but the procedure is much more intensive than dental bonding. However, the process is straightforward and can last several years before a repair is necessary.
A veneer is a thin sheet of porcelain that has been molded in a dental lab to the shape and color of the teeth. It is placed and fused on the front of the teeth. It acts as a second layer to hide impairments or gaps in the teeth. After the bonding, the thin sheet of porcelain becomes tough and harder to break.
Veneers are durable and are aesthetically appealing, but the process is not reversible. To place veneers, a dentist must remove a layer of the enamel. Veneers are effective for many cosmetic problems, but orthodontic care may be necessary for serious dental issues.
In severe instances of diastema, orthodontic care may be your best option. Closing the gap between the teeth is not just about moving the front teeth. That would only cause spaces between every other tooth. You may need to correct a handful of teeth.
However, if you do not want to wear metal braces, other treatment options are available. There are invisible aligners that are less conspicuous and removable.
Orthodontic care is an excellent way to get a total smile makeover, correct aesthetic and functional issues. The drawback of this option is that the results are not instantaneous like veneers and bonding. In severe cases, this will be your only option.
Which is best for you?
If you have gapped tooth, then you should consider booking an appointment with your dentist. The treatment option is unique for each person, and a dentist can help you decide.
Call our office if you do not have a dentist or if you have any questions.