A tooth gap, also known as diastema, can appear between any two teeth. Usually, it appears between the two upper front teeth. Closing the gap can improve your smile and boost your confidence. So what are your options for correcting tooth gaps?
Here at Clear Smiles Alaska, we can recommend any of the following procedures, depending on factors like the severity of the gap, how soon you want to fix your smile, your budget, as well as the number of tooth gaps you have.
The most convenient solution to gaps in between teeth are braces. However, going this route entails a longer and costlier treatment time, not to mention, the inconvenience of having to wear clunky metal braces. Unless the gaps are severe, braces may not be absolutely necessary.
“Invisible braces” like the Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligners that are designed to gradually move your teeth into their ideal position. Unlike braces, Invisalign is nearly invisible and you can remove your aligners when you brush your teeth or when you eat.
This dental procedure uses a highly moldable plastic resin material that can be made to precisely match the color of your natural teeth. The dentist can create a sculpted form that can mimic your natural teeth to give you a perfect smile.
Porcelain veneers are an alternative to bonding. The veneers are basically super thin shells made of porcelain that the dentist will apply to your teeth so you can get the smile you want quickly. Veneers are convenient, affordable and do not require a lot of preparation.
Another way to fix tooth gaps is a dental crown. These crowns are permanently bonded to your tooth/teeth to cover any imperfections and restore the strength and function of the damaged tooth/teeth. If your dentist has determined a dental crown is the right treatment option for your gapped teeth, he will take an impression of the tooth and send it to the laboratory where your custom dental crown will be made.
If you want to fix the gaps in between your teeth to achieve a better-looking smile, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Triggs. We work very hard to ensure our patients get the smile they deserve.