Are you bothered by a gap in your smile? When an unsightly space exists in the front teeth, it can pose a real threat to your self-esteem and confidence. Fortunately, there are ways to fix your gapped smile, including treatment options that are affordable and require just 1 or 2 office visits.
Tooth gaps are very common. Many patients have had their tooth gaps since childhood, while others may have noticed a progressive migration of their teeth over time. Gaps can also exist when an adult tooth is lost, which needs to be addressed as soon as possible to avoid the consequences that missing teeth can bring.
Before determining your options for fixing your tooth gap, it is important to distinguish between a small or minor tooth gap and one that is larger or caused by a missing tooth. This will greatly influence your treatment plan. Depending on the location and severity of your tooth gap, your dentist may recommend the following:
Cosmetic Bonding: This is the most affordable and quickest solution to a gapped smile. However, it is reserved for small-sized gaps. By using tooth-colored composite resin, we can build up the sides of your teeth to “fill in” the unsightly space.
Porcelain Veneers: Patients who have a small to moderate tooth gap can benefit from porcelain veneers. These are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth, essentially hiding imperfections such as gaps, discoloration, chips and even misalignment.
Invisalign: If you have large spacing issues or multiple gaps in your smile, it may be best to undergo orthodontic treatment. Options such as Invisalign can be a discreet, comfortable and convenient way to realign your smile and close unwanted gaps.
Dental Implant: If your tooth gap is the result of a missing tooth, it is imperative that you seek tooth replacement. A single dental implant can replicate your natural tooth best. If you are unable to get an implant, a dental bridge can offer a prosthetic tooth and fill in the gap.
Stop hiding your smile because of a tooth gap. Let our cosmetic and restorative dental experts help. Green Dental of Alexandria is proud to offer a full menu of treatment options to reverse unsightly spacing and create a beautiful, confident smile.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725