4 Cosmetic Dentistry Options For Eliminating Gaps Between Your Teeth

Posted on: 6 May 2019

Whether you have a gap between your two front teeth or gaps between all of your teeth that you want to eliminate, there are many cosmetic dentistry options available.

Listed below is information about the four most common options:

Option #1: Dental Bonding

The least expensive, fastest, and easiest way to close a gap between two teeth is with dental bonding. The bonding process uses a dental-safe composite resin matching your natural teeth to give each tooth beside the gap a bit more bulk. By adding the same amount of resin to each tooth and shaping it, both teeth will look symmetrical and the gap will be closed with a natural look.

Bonding is a simple dental procedure that has been successfully performed for decades and only requires a single visit to your cosmetic dentist's office.

Option #2: Dental Veneers

While bonding is used to increase the size of your teeth to bridge a gap, dental veneers are used to simply cover it up. Veneers are made of porcelain and look just like your natural tooth enamel.

Since the veneers need to be made specifically to match the shape and color of your natural teeth, they do come with a bit higher cost than bonding. However, veneers are long-lasting and the added cost is well worth the investment. 

Option #3: Dental Crowns

If the teeth beside a gap have any decay issues, then sometimes the best way to bridge the gap is by placing a dental crown on each tooth. The two crowns are bulked up on the inside edge so that once they are installed they close the gap between the two teeth. 

Dental crowns are more expensive than bonding or veneers and should only be the option you select if you also need to have cavities filled or a root canal on the teeth.

Option #4: Orthodontic Manipulation

Finally, if you have many teeth with gaps between them or if the gaping is too severe for bonding or covering with veneers, then orthodontic manipulation is the best option. For this option, you will need to either have dental braces installed by an orthodontist or utilize a product such as Invisalign to slowly move your teeth. After your teeth have moved and the gap closed, then you will need to wear a retainer to ensure they stay in their new location. Often, a retainer is required for a year or two after orthodontic manipulation.

For more information, you will want to contact a professional, such as one at Cherry Hill Dentistry LLC.