Having a gap between your front teeth, or a gap where a tooth has been removed, may not be cause for concern. However, for some people, having a gap in their smile can damage both self-confidence and self-esteem.
In some cases, a tooth gap can create other dental problems because the extra space can cause other teeth to move. Gapped teeth can also be quite difficult to clean, and this may lead to other dental hygiene issues.
Where do I start?
Everyone’s smile is unique so it’s best to talk to your dentist who can examine your teeth and discuss the best option for your situation.
What options are available?
Dental bridges are ideal for filling the tooth gap created by an extraction or accidental tooth loss. An artificial tooth, designed to match the exiting teeth, is fixed to the healthy teeth either side of the gap. Bridges are particular helpful for preventing the shifting or movement that can occur after a tooth has been removed.
Ceramic or porcelain veneers are ideal for covering large gaps in your teeth. Partial veneers are designed to cover smaller sections of your smile while full veneers are fitted to the whole row of teeth. These types of veneers are tough and are a great long-term option for covering gapped teeth.
Dental bonding or teeth bonding can be an affordable option to close smaller gaps between the teeth. Composite resin, matched to the colour of existing teeth, is applied to the teeth on either side of the gap. This effectively closes the space and covers up the gap. This option should be good for five years, possibly even ten years.
Invisalign uses clear trays to slowly move the teeth and close the gap in your smile. Rather than unsightly braces, Invisalign is almost invisible, so people may not realise that you are gradually straightening your teeth.
It is possible to cover gapped teeth or simply close a tooth gap. Whether you choose to do this for cosmetic reasons or to prevent dental problems in the future, new advances in dental treatment and technologies means that there are cost-effective and pain-free ways of having the smile of your choice.
Having the smile of your choice can be a real boost to your confidence and self-esteem too. Talk to your dentist to identify the best option for your teeth today.
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