Gaps between the front teeth are a common cosmetic concern and something that can be treated by a qualified dentist. If you are embarrassed by a gap between your front teeth, you have several options to safely and effectively get rid of it and enjoy a gorgeous smile. Take a moment to learn about your options from Dr. Matthew Warner of Willoughby Dental.
Bonding is a quick and cost-effective cosmetic treatment that can hide small gaps and improve the appearance of your smile. Dr. Warner applies a composite resin material to the sides of the teeth closest to the gap. He carefully sculpts it to make the teeth look wider, thereby closing the gap. The composite resin is tooth colored so it blends in beautifully with your natural teeth for a flawless result.
Another option to conceal a small gap between your front teeth is to have one or more porcelain veneers placed. A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain bonded to the front surface of a tooth to improve its appearance. You can have two veneers placed over the teeth closest to the gap to slightly widen them and hide the gap.
For larger gaps and gaps accompanied by other misalignment problems (e.g., overbite, underbite), orthodontic treatment may be needed to reposition the teeth. You have several orthodontic options: you can wear traditional metal braces or use ClearCorrect, a system of clear, removeable aligners. Both put pressure on the teeth to shift them into the desired position.
Sometimes the labial frenum, or tissue connecting the upper lip to the gums, is oversized and extends between the front teeth. This can cause a gap between the front teeth. If that is the case, a frenectomy is needed to reduce the oversized labial frenum. Then, orthodontic or cosmetic treatment (e.g., bonding, veneers) is needed to hide the space.
Dental Bridges or Implants
If the space between your front teeth is due to a missing tooth, you can replace it with a dental implant or a bridge. A dental implant is an artificial tooth attached to a post that is anchored into the jawbone. A bridge is comprised of two crowns, which are attached to the teeth adjacent to the gap and support an artificial tooth that fits into the gap.
Find the Solution That’s Right for You
Dr. Warner can help you find the treatment option that is most suitable for your goals, budget and timeline. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Warner, please call or email our office today!