Want to Fix Gap in Teeth? Here is All You Need to Know

by maria | Last Updated: October 27, 2020

Dental gap or diastema is very common. But if the gap between teeth, especially the front teeth, makes you feel self-conscious, then your dentist could help you fill the gap using the right treatments. The dentist will suggest treatment methods, whether braces, bonding, or veneers, will depend on the size of the gap and aesthetic expectation. Before you book an appointment, you should be aware of the cause of the dental gap so that you could seek the right treatment to smile freely.   

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Actress Dakota-Johnson’s Before and After Treatment Image of Front Tooth Gap

Causes of Teeth Gaps 

Several factors can cause gaps in teeth. Thankfully, these gaps can be filled easily using suitable treatments.  

Available Treatments to Fix Teeth Gaps  

Depending on the cause, gap size, and dental structure, your dentist will suggest suitable treatment to fill the gap. On examination, the dentist will explain in detail about the cause and outcomes that could be achieved post-treatment. If the cause is gum disease, the dentist will focus on treating the disease first and then start the gap-filling procedure. Here are some of the treatment methods dentists or orthodontists use to fix teeth gaps.  

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding or dental bonding is one of the most effective, easiest, and quickest procedures to fix gaps between teeth. You can achieve amazing cosmetic enhancement is just one visit at the least possible cost. Your dentist will use conditioning gel to create gentle roughness so that bonding material could adhere smoothly.   

Your dentist will apply tooth-colored composite resin material and cure it with a UV light. Once done, s/he will shape and polish the resin to enhance dental aesthetics. Well, dental bonding is highly effective but resin could stain over time.

Porcelain Veneers 

Unlike cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers are stain-proof and are more durable. This is another popular gap fixing technique, in which thin sells of porcelain covers the front surface of the teeth. Your dentist will first create roughness and take the impression of dental structure to custom design veneers. It takes time to custom design veneers, so your dentist will call again to place permanent veneers. It is slightly more expensive than dental veneers, but it normally lasts up to 15 years and looks more natural.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are considered the gold standard of dental replacement and dentists recommend this treatment to fill larger gaps between teeth. Orthodontists insert a titanium post into the jaw bone and then top it with a natural-looking dental crown. It is a surgical procedure, so it is recommended to treat extreme cases. There should be sufficient bone to support the implant, otherwise, bone grafting is required, which increases the treatment cost and duration.

Dental Bridges

Bridges are also highly effective teeth gap treatment. If you are not comfortable with implants and looking for inexpensive treatment then dental bridges could be a good option to fill the gap. Your dentist will place a crown on the tooth at each end of the gap. A bridge containing false teeth will be attached to fill the gap.

Braces

If gaps between teeth are larger and there are dental misalignment issues like crooked teeth and crossbite, then dental braces are best to fix the gap. If your gum is healthy and teeth are in good shape, you can achieve a remarkable outcome in just a few months. You might need some cosmetic treatment if shape, color, and size aren’t perfect. Well, this is relatively costly as compared to other treatments, but results are exceptionally great. If you are appearance-conscious, you can opt for clear aligners to smile with confidence.

Now, you know about all possible ways to fix gaps between teeth. Get in touch with your dentist and discuss the suitability of treatment. Follow instructions, particularly about dental and oral care, to have a perfect dental crown. 

Maria Giovanisci is an enterprising dentist from London. Maria graduated from the University of Murcia and began her professional career in her own dental clinic before, she decided to embark on a joint project with her two colleagues. Aside from contributing on this blog, she also works in the public health sector at the new Torrevieja Hospital.