Many people are unhappy with gapped teeth and look for a treatment that improves their confidence and overall smile. With the increasing need for cosmetic dentistry, there are plenty of treatment options to choose from to fix gap in teeth and improve your oral health.
7 Ways to Treat Gapped Teeth Effectively
A frenectomy is a simple oral surgical procedure which reduces the size of the labial frenum. But this procedure alone won’t fix gap in teeth and is usually performed along with orthodontic treatment.
- Porcelain Veneers
Your dentist uses thin pieces of porcelain to attach them to your front teeth. The benefits include closing unsightly gaps, correcting tooth discoloration, and fixing cracked teeth. While veneers are not able to close big gaps, they are perfect for smaller gaps. As long as the gap is small enough, your natural teeth are easily able to support the porcelain.
- Dental Bonding
Dental bonding uses a composite resin to fix gapped teeth. Since the material is designed to match the color of your teeth, your dentist will make it look like a natural part of your smile. For patients with small gaps in the front two teeth, the diastema is closed with by using a bonded composite restoration on each tooth. A composite resin slightly widens each tooth and closes the gap, and the material is shaped until a natural-looking finish is achieved.
- Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain crowns are tooth-shaped restorations and are designed to match the color of your teeth. They fit perfectly over the teeth to transform their shape and size to fix gapped teeth and protect it from future damage. Crowns don’t require any extraordinary care except for regular brushing and flossing.
Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages. Its ability to seamlessly blend with your teeth provide a quicker solution than regular braces, and less discomfort than other orthodontic options, it’s a great alternative for most patients. You will be provided with a few sets of removable plastic aligners that apply gentle pressure to align your teeth to the desired position. Simple cases are treated within six months, while most cases take about a year. Once your Invisalign treatment is over, your orthodontist will fit a retainer to prevent gapped teeth from re-appearing.
- Traditional Orthodontics
Traditional orthodontics is an efficient treatment option that closes gaps of all sizes while correcting mild to severe alignment problems. It’s still a popular choice for many adults and children since it effectively closes gaps without the addition of any material. Traditional orthodontics is also beneficial for people who have multiple gaps in their teeth.
- Dental Implants
If you’re missing a tooth and it’s causing an unsightly gap, dental implants is your best bet. Not only is it a permanent solution, but it also helps retain the jawbone and holds your smile in place. Dental implants function as a permanent replacement for your natural tooth and are more secure than partial dentures. In this procedure, a titanium rod is inserted into your jawbone or just above it to play the role of a missing root. The jaw and bone tissue grow around the rod. The custom-made replacement tooth is made from porcelain and is attached to function like a normal tooth.
Gapped teeth may prevent you from fully enjoying a smile. And one of these treatment options may be ideal for your situation. If you or your child have gapped teeth, it’s important that you consult a cosmetic dentist who can effectively treat your tooth problems.
Author Bio: Dr. Anu Isaac, DMD, runs a successful dental practice in Salem, MA. As the founder of Coral Dental Care, she is dedicated to creating healthy, beautiful smiles for her patients and also to educating dental and non-dental community with her engaging articles on all things related to oral health, recent dental innovations, and latest treatment modalities.