Why do some people have a gap between their two front teeth? One reason for a Diastima (gap) is because the jaw bone do not match the size of an individual’s teeth or when some teeth are missing or too small. Another cause can be an overgrowth of gum tissue that extends from above the front teeth to the inside of your upper lip.
Although orthodontics are one way to repair this gap, it is a slower method than other options, while often more costly, too. If teeth are small, they’ll remain so even after orthodontic treatment is completed, which means diligent and ongoing use of a retainer is necessary. It also means that the appearance of your smile won’t provide the overall outcome you desire.
Most of our patients with a Diastima opt for porcelain veneers. Veneers provide a highly-natural appearance with the durability and feel of real teeth, even reflecting light as natural teeth. Each veneer is placed on the front of a lightly prepared tooth surface to change its shape, size and shade. Very wide gaps may require 4 to 6 veneers in order to avoid having two front teeth that are unnaturally wide.
Bonding is a less-expensive option that is possible for individuals who have a fairly minor gap. Although today’s bonding materials provide a natural look and feel, bonding is not as durable or secure as porcelain veneers. For front teeth, this is an important consideration. Bonding is also more susceptible to staining and has less longevity. Prepare to have bonding redone every 5 – 10 years.
Today’s techniques and materials make closing a gap between front teeth a quick (often just one or two appointments) process to a beautiful smile. Begin with a no-cost Consultation. We’ll discuss your options and what will achieve your goals. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles.