Having gaps, also known as diastemas in between teeth, poses no adverse dental effects. However, some patients do not like the appearance. If you are interested in treatment options for closing gaps between your teeth, below are several different options. Talk to your dentist about what option will work best for you.
Bonding is a great solution to close a gap between two teeth. Dental bonding uses the same material as dental fillings, but the material is used to cover a larger surface of the tooth to change the size, shape and even colour of the tooth. Bonding can chip more easily than other treatment options, so it may not be a great long term solution. As well, dental bonding is best suited for the front teeth where the biting forces are pressures are lower. Back teeth are usually not ideal for dental bonding due to the heavy pressures exerted when chewing and grinding food.
Dental veneers are thin shell-like coverings that are placed over the front surface of teeth to change the shape, size and colour. Dental veneers are an excellent solution for closing gaps between the front teeth. Dental veneers also have a longer life span than dental bonding.
Dental crowns a great solution to close the gaps between back teeth. Dental crowns are full coverage caps that are permanently cemented onto the top of the teeth. Dental crowns can be made to change the size, shape and colour of the tooth.
Orthodontic treatment is another option that is used to close the gaps between teeth. Traditional metal dental braces can be used to move the teeth together to eliminate gaps between teeth, without affecting the size or shape of the teeth. Many patients also opt to use clear aligner trays, such as the Invisalign system to close gaps and to improve the positioning of their teeth instead of metal braces.
If you have gaps between your teeth and you are interested in your options, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.