When you have gaps between your teeth, they can lead a fair share of self-consciousness where your smile is concerned. This is especially true if the tooth gap is prominent in your smile, or if the gap is the result of a missing tooth or teeth. A person may feel self-conscious about the tooth gap, leading to reluctance about smiling, laughing, and speaking, even around people whom the person has known for years.
For those who are unhappy with the appearance of gapped teeth, treatment is available. Gapped teeth can be addressed with cosmetic dentistry with the application of several treatment options for an enhanced smile and improved confidence. If you are self conscious about the appearance of gapped teeth, treatment may be right for you.
The Causes of Gapped Teeth
Gaps between the teeth can have a genetic cause or develop over time as the result of certain habits. Some common causes of gapped teeth include:
- Oversized labial frenum: The labial frenum is the tissue that connects the upper lip to the gums. Sometimes this tissue is oversized, extending between the front upper teeth. In some cases, this leads to a large gap between the two front teeth.
- Undersized teeth: When the teeth are undersized, gaps may form between them.
- Thumb sucking or pacifier use: Prolonged thumb sucking or using a pacifier use can change the bite, causing gaps between the teeth.
- Tongue thrust: Tongue thrust is a disorder in which the tongue pushes into the upper front teeth when swallowing instead of the roof of the mouth. Over time, the pressure of the tongue pushing on the upper teeth can lead to the formation of gaps.
- Tooth loss: Tooth loss can cause gaps in two ways. The first is the space left from the missing tooth itself. The second is that the remaining teeth may shift over time, causing gaps to develop between the teeth.
There are many treatments available to close gaps between the teeth and improve the smile’s appearance. The type of treatment depends on the needs of the individual.
- The size of the gap or gaps separating your teeth
- The extent to which these gaps are affecting your bite
- Your cosmetic goals
- Your budget
- Frenectomy: A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure used to reduce the size of the labial frenum. A frenectomy alone won’t close gaps between the teeth, which is why it is generally performed in combination with orthodontic treatment.
- Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are wafer thin, tooth-shaped shells used to correct a number of dental flaws. When used as instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers can quickly close gaps between the teeth.
- Dental bonding: Dental bonding treatment can transform the smile and treat gapped teeth using a tooth-colored resin. This resin is directly applied and shaped on the teeth to close gaps and address other aesthetic dental issues.
- Porcelain crowns: Porcelain crowns are custom-made, tooth-shaped restorations. Porcelain crowns fit completely over the teeth to transform their size and shape the teeth and close gaps.
- Invisalign®: Invisalign® is a discreet orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear trays to gradually reposition the teeth and eliminate gaps.
- Traditional orthodontics: Traditional orthodontics are highly effective at closing gaps of any size while also correcting mild to severe alignment issues.
- Dental implants: Dental implants offer a permanent solution to replace missing teeth. Dental implants may be used to replace one or more missing teeth when paired with dental crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Porcelain Veneers for Cosmetic Spacing Issues
Porcelain veneers are an effective, simple way to address cosmetic flaws on the surface of the teeth as well as gaps between the teeth. Veneers (Lumineers, No-Prep, and Davinci) are thin covers that are custom made to fit each patient’s teeth and fit comfortably on the outer surface. Porcelain veneers are quite versatile and are also used in cosmetic dentistry procedures to address chips, cracks, major stains, general tooth discoloration, asymmetries, and minor misalignments. This is a minimally-invasive procedure that offers quick, longer-lasting results to anyone looking to restore their smile and confidence. We invite our patients to schedule a consult with our dentists to discuss their options and goals.
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To revitalize your smile and hide cosmetic flaws, porcelain veneers can be a great treatment. Teeth that are gappy, crooked or chipped, as well as discolored and stained teeth, can be camouflaged with natural-looking veneers that are custom made for a comfortable, long-lasting solution. To learn more about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options that will optimize your smile, schedule a consultation with us.
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What to Expect
To begin the process of making the veneers, our dentist must make room for the veneer by removing a thin layer of enamel from each tooth that will be covered. Once the teeth have been prepared, our dentist makes impression of the teeth, which will be used to create the custom veneers in a dental laboratory. A temporary veneer will be used to cover the teeth until the porcelain veneers are returned to the dentist’s office. The custom veneers will be attached to the front of the teeth with a special resin bonding agent cement. Our dentist will adjust the veneers as needed to give you a comfortable fit.
A follow-up appointment is usually scheduled for about a week after the veneers are placed to make sure the bond is secure and the fit is still comfortable. Porcelain veneers are more resistant to staining than your natural enamel, but to keep the veneers in their best condition, it is advised to avoid staining foods and drinks, like coffee, soda, tea, and red wine. Patients should continue to follow a good home oral care routine, including brushing their teeth with a non-abrasive toothpaste, flossing, and visiting our dentist for professional cleanings and dental exams. With good care, porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years.
Which Treatment Is Right for You?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of gapped teeth, treatment with Porcelain Veneer for gapped teeth may be right for you. To learn more about your treatment options, schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience.
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