How Can a Dentist Fix Gaps in Teeth?

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Did you know that a space or gap between two teeth is called a diastema? While a diastema appears most often between the two upper front teeth, it can occur between any two teeth. If you are conscious about your diastema, there are several ways to fix gaps in teeth. Let’s look at some of the more common teeth gaps and what the best approach to fix them might be for you.

Closing the Gap with Bonding

Dental bonding is the simplest approach to fix gaps in teeth. It is economical and fast. You can have your gapped teeth fixed in just one visit. This solution consists of a resin carefully sculpted by your dentist and bonded on to your teeth, closing the gap and matching the color of the teeth to create a seamless integration. A benefit of this approach is that it is reversible and does not require the removal of enamel. Bonding, however, is more susceptible to staining, and over time, the material may chip or crack. However, with proper maintenance, it should last a long time.

Veneers for Your Teeth

If the right conditions are met, your dentist may recommend veneers. Veneers are made of porcelain and are very resilient to staining, chipping or breaking. Unlike bonding, veneers require a preparation that is irreversible. Before applying the porcelain, the natural enamel of your teeth will have to be removed to bond with the ceramic. The up-front cost of veneers is a bit higher than that of bonding, but will save you money in maintenance costs over time.

gapped teethRetainers

Retainers are an economic way of bridging the space between your teeth. This type of solution works for people whose gap happened due to shifting teeth. It does take longer than the previous options, but unlike veneers has no irreversible effect on your teeth’s enamel.

Time for an Orthodontist

It’s possible that the best option for you are braces. In more severe cases, fixing that gap in your front teeth will likely create gaps between every other tooth. Braces can be a great option to make sure you have a healthy smile. While there is no getting around the fact that braces do take longer than veneers or bonding, sometimes they are a good choice.

What Not to Do

Using do-it-yourself kits made of rubber bands and similar techniques without the supervision of your dentist is potentially dangerous and should be avoided. These kits appear online from time to time, but are not the safest option in how to fix gapped teeth. In fact, you are likely to end up spending more treating the damage that can result from these kits. Do you think quality dental work is out of your price range? Think again! At Florida Dental Solutions, we provide comprehensive, high-quality dental work at affordable prices.

Ready to Find Out What Solution Works Best for You?

At Florida Dental Solutions, several of our staff specialize as a gapped teeth dentist. Call us anytime at (954) 362-4102 or email our office at info@fldentalsolutions.com to schedule a consultation.