Do you have spaces between your teeth? Do these gaps between your teeth make you self-conscious about your smile? Do you find yourself smiling less or trying to cover your mouth when you smile? If this sounds like you, then you are likely looking for a way to fix gap teeth.
Luckily, there are a few different options available to correct gaps between teeth. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to fix gap teeth:
Composite bonding, sometimes called dental bonding, is an easy and affordable way to fix gap teeth. This method uses composite resin to essentially fill in the space between two teeth. Composite resin can be customized to match the exact color of your teeth, so it will look completely natural once applied.
To apply the composite resin, your teeth must first be cleaned to remove excess plaque and tartar. Then an acidic solution may be brushed onto the surface of your teeth to roughen up the surface and make it easier for the composite resin to adhere to the enamel. The composite resin will then be applied and hardened one layer at a time. After the initial application, composite bonding usually lasts about 5-7 years before needing to be replaced.
Dental veneers, sometimes known as laminates, can be used to fix gaps between teeth, as well as other concerns such as color, alignment, and minor structural damage or imperfections. Made from either composite resin or porcelain, veneers are adhered to the front surface of visible teeth in order to improve their appearance. Depending on your treatment goals, veneers can be applied to a single tooth or multiple teeth.
To apply dental veneers, two dental appointments are usually needed. The first appointment will prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel and then take a dental impression to send to a dental lab. The amount of enamel removed usually depends on the types of veneers you are having placed. Once the dental lab has customized your veneers, you will return for a second appointment to have the permanent restoration adhered to your teeth. Composite veneers tend to last 5-7 years, while porcelain veneers can last 10-15 years.
Another way to get rid of gaps between teeth is to use a dental crown. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that sits over the top of your natural tooth. Its color, shape, and size can be customized so that it fills in the gap while blending in with the surrounding teeth.
To place a dental crown, your natural tooth structure will first need to be reduced so that the crown can fit over the top. Because of this, dental crowns are often recommended in cases where there is significant damage or decay that needs to be removed. Once the tooth has been reduced in size, a dental impression will be taken and sent to a dental lab. In some cases, same day crowns may also be available. After the restoration has been completed, the final product will be cemented over your natural tooth. Dental crowns generally last 10-15 years.
One of the best ways to eliminate gaps between teeth is to undergo orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. Unlike the other methods, Invisalign is the only method that actually changes the position of the teeth so that there are no more spaces. Out of all the methods for fixing gap teeth, Invisalign is the most permanent and long-lasting solution.
When undergoing Invisalign treatment, you will be given a series of clear aligner trays that must be worn at least 22 hours a day. As your treatment progresses, you will switch out the trays as directed by your dentist. The average treatment length for Invisalign is 18 months, however your case may require less or more time.
Overall, if you are looking to fix gap teeth, one of these four methods may be ideal for you. While dental bonding, veneers, dental crowns, and Invisalign can all fix gap teeth, they do so in very different ways. Therefore, you will need to consider your treatment goals, budget, and the lifespan of each treatment to determine which is best for you. To help you decide, it is strongly encouraged that you schedule a consultation with your local cosmetic dentist to discuss your options.
Dr. Roman Fedorciw has been in private practice in Cromwell since 1991. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Dental Association. He is also a member of the Connecticut Dental Association and Middlesex County Dental Association. Dr. Fedorciw has been acknowledged by his peers as one of the “Top Dentists” in Hartford County by Hartford Magazine and in the state of Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine.