What Kind of Dental Work Can Fix Gapped Teeth?

Gapped teeth are typically noticeable because they have an unusual amount of space between the teeth. For some, these gaps are evenly spaced between all the teeth. For others, there may be one large gap, such as between the front two teeth. While gaps can be aesthetically pleasing for some, others would prefer to close the gaps in their smile.

What kind of dental work can fix gapped teeth? Fortunately, you’re not limited to orthodontics when closing gaps in your smile. Here are some options you may qualify for when you want to fix gapped teeth.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a minimally invasive way to treat gapped teeth. In dental bonding, the same material used in tooth-colored fillings, called composite resin, is used to build the teeth out to close gaps. Dental bonding may also be called composite bonding due to the material used.

Chipped teeth are typically treated with dental bonding, but people who have gapped teeth can also qualify for this procedure. Dental bonding can help reduce the appearance of gaps, close gaps completely, and minimize the amount of space between teeth [1].

Veneers

Dental veneers may be another treatment option for gapped teeth. Although not quite as minimally invasive as dental bonding, veneers are still an excellent treatment option that allow you to keep your natural teeth but correct gaps or uneven spaces between the teeth [2].

In a procedure for dental veneers, you would have thin layers of porcelain ceramic bonded over your natural teeth to eliminate the appearance of gaps. Dental veneers are sturdy, stain- resistant, and look just like your natural teeth, so they can help improve your smile for many years.

Orthodontics

Although braces may not be your only option, orthodontia can certainly be effective at permanently closing gaps [3]. Since gaps are relatively simple to close in most cases, you may have the option of either traditional metal braces or clear aligners for closing your gaps and improving your smile.

Depending on the nature of your gapped teeth, treatment may take less than a year. An orthodontist can let you know more about the estimated treatment time and your treatment options during your consultation.

Explore Your Options

There are several options for fixing gapped teeth with either dental work or orthodontia. If you have a gap due to a missing tooth, your dentist can help you explore restoration options, such as with dental implants, to close the gap without impacting your neighboring teeth. Follow up with your professional dentist or orthodontist today to see how you can fix gapped teeth and improve your smile!

Sources:
1. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/10922-dental-bonding
2. https://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(14)65062-5/fulltext
3. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/diastema#treatment

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What Kind of Dental Work Can Fix Gapped Teeth?
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What kind of dental work can fix gapped teeth? Fortunately, you’re not limited to orthodontics when closing gaps in your smile. Here are some options you may qualify for when you want to fix gapped teeth.
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