A Gap Between Front Teeth?

added on: December 2, 2014

Having a gap between front teeth (known as a Diastema) can be an uncomfortable feature for many people. Fortunately, this can often be repaired in just one or two appointments.

Depending on the width of the gap, bonding may be the easiest method to close the space. In this process, a tooth-colored resin material is applied to the teeth. Shading is carefully matched and the surface is polished to give a natural appearance. This is the least expensive method; however, bonding, particularly on front “biting” teeth, is more vulnerable to chipping or breaking than with porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are custom-designed “shells” that are attached to the front of teeth. Veneers give the most durable, natural feel and appearance possible, even reflecting light as a natural tooth. This method also requires minimal disruption to the natural tooth, yet the design of the veneer can reshape or resize the tooth for a more flattering look.

If the space is rather wide, other teeth may need to be involved in treatment. This keeps the teeth visible in your smile to balanced proportions. Otherwise, you could end up with two, very wide ‘bunny’ teeth that close the gap but fail to create an appealing smile.

If teeth are badly turned or misshapen, crowns may be needed to close the space with a straight alignment. This method requires the existing tooth to be reshaped so a custom-designed crown can cover the top and sides of the tooth. Crowns, like veneers, give excellent longevity and have a natural look and feel.

After an examination, we can determine which option will give you the best result. You’ll also learn the process and fee involved. By understanding your choices, you can take the first step to achieve a smile you’ll love! Call 1-866-9-Smiles for a free consultation.