Cosmetic dentistry is a specific branch within the field of dentistry that is dedicated to improving how teeth look as well as how they feel and function. Cosmetic dentists fix tooth issues that cause difficulty with eating and speaking and that impact the patient’s confidence in their smile. One of the most common treatments they offer is closing gaps between teeth.
There are several different approaches that cosmetic dentistry can take to close a tooth gap.
Clear aligners are a type of removable braces that gently shift the position of the teeth over the course of time. These aligners include Invisalign – and patients will typically use a series of them, progressing to a new set every few weeks, until the teeth are in their desired position. This process usually takes about a year, but it can be more or less time, depending on the original position of the teeth.
Dental bonding fills in a gap between teeth by adding a material, known as a dental resin, to the existing teeth to change their shape and structure. The resin is applied to the teeth and then hardened by using a powerful UV light. The dentist can then shape and customize the material to create a balanced, natural-looking outcome.
A dental crown is another common treatment for fixing a tooth gap. A crown is a kind of cap that fits over an existing tooth to protect, stabilize, and beautify it. Crowns are usually made of porcelain or ceramic composite materials, and they can be customized to fill in an overly large space between the teeth.
One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments, veneers are also an effective dental intervention for closing gaps. They consist of thin porcelain or composite materials that are affixed to the teeth to cover imperfections. They can also be customized to disguise a tooth gap.
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If you have a tooth gap that is impacting your confidence or your ability to eat and speak comfortably, there are solutions that can help restore your smile. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.