A “diastema,” more commonly known as a gap between two teeth, can be a source of anxiety and self-consciousness. Gapped teeth can be caused by a variety of different situations, ranging from misshapen teeth to jaw shape to orthodontic issues. There are also a variety of procedures that can be used to close and correct gaps in teeth. Dr. John P. Goodman offers several treatment options for gapped teeth for patients at his Kansas City dental office. Depending on your situation, one of these options may be right for you.
What Are the Most Effective Treatment Options for Gapped Teeth?
Your cosmetic dentist may recommend several treatments to correct gapped teeth. All of them have their own unique benefits. These treatments include:
- Invisalign® - Also called clear braces, Invisalign® consists of a series of clear plastic aligner trays that are custom molded to gently shift a patient’s teeth over a period of months. Unlike traditional metal braces, which require monthly orthodontic checkups and wire tightening, Invisalign® only requires patients to check in with their cosmetic dentistry office every couple of months. This can make the option appealing to busy people who may not have the time to attend frequent appointments. Many adult and teenage patients alike also prefer Invisalign® braces as they are easy to use and nearly imperceptible to onlookers.
- Dental Bonding - This is a technique in which a tooth-colored composite resin is painted freehand onto a patient’s tooth, sculpted to the best fit, and hardened with a special curing light to help the resin bond permanently to the tooth. Dental bonding material can easily be used to fill in gaps between teeth, and is considered a fast and relatively inexpensive way to improve the look of gapped teeth.
- Porcelain Veneers - This involves capping one or a row of teeth with thin yet durable porcelain shells. Porcelain veneers are often referred to within the dental profession as “instant orthodontics,” because their ability to mask cosmetic flaws can dramatically improve a patient’s smile within just a couple of dentist appointments. The swiftness of this treatment makes it very appealing to patients with a desire to fix a gapped tooth within a very short time frame.
- Dental Crowns - Another treatment option for gapped teeth is a dental crown. A cosmetic dentist will shave down some of the patient’s natural tooth enamel, and then cap the tooth with a crown that is fit to the patient’s mouth. A crown can be used to fill in the gap and restore the appearance and health of a tooth.
Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist Today
Everyone deserves a beautiful smile. If you have been living with gapped teeth, know that there are plenty of options that can eliminate the issue of diastema, and leave you with a brighter smile and added confidence. Contact the cosmetic dentistry office of John P. Goodman, DDS, to schedule a consultation and learn more about your treatment options for gapped teeth today.