Top Dental Care Treatments for Gapped Teeth
By J. Brent Gorrell on June 15, 2014
Even relatively minor problems with a tooth or a few teeth can have a major impact on the overall look of your smile. That's why it's important to consider meeting with a skilled dentist to undergo the treatment you need to address your dental health concerns. We combine cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and orthdontics when assessing dental health problems, and we craft treatment plans based on all of these concerns.
Right now, we would like to consider various treatments that are available to remedy tooth gaps and poor spacing between teeth.
Problems Associated with Tooth Gaps and Spacing Problems
Tooth gaps can be quite unsightly. Even a minor space between teeth can seem to throw off the overall beauty and symmetry of a smile. Beyond being aesthetically displeasing, the tooth gaps may also be a cause of malocclusion/misalignment. When teeth are misaligned, this can lead to serious dental problems, such as tooth pain, tooth grinding (bruxism), and TMJ disorders.
Given that there are aesthetic and health issues related to tooth gaps, it should come as no surprise that there are also cosmetic and orthodontic treatments to consider for addressing these matters. The three treatments below--dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and orthodontic care--are the most popular treatments to consider.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding for Gaps
When a patient has a minor tooth gap, cosmetic dental bonding may be the ideal solution for care. Cosmetic dental bonding involves the use of a tooth-colored dental resin that is applied directly to the surface of the tooth. In essence, it is like painting on the tooth itself to conceal a dental flaw. This dental resin is color-matched to the tooth, making it blend in seamlessly.
Porcelain Veneers for Gaps
Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular options for cosmetic dental care. These thin shells of dental ceramic allow for multiple uses, masking dental flaws from view. With tooth gaps, the porcelain veneer is placed to conceal the front portion of the tooth. The veneer will span the gap between teeth, filling in that space perfectly and seamlessly. The results of care will be so natural that no one will know that you have undergone a dental treatment of some kind.
Orthodontic Treatment Options for Gaps
For serious tooth gaps and spacing issues, the previous two aesthetic treatments are not an effective solution. The more effective solution to consider is actual orthodontic care. Orthodontic treatment will help reposition the teeth along the dental arch, filling in gaps and improving overall dental wellness in the process.
While metal braces were the go-to orthodontic solution for years, more and more patients are undergoing Invisalign treatment for their orthodontic treatment needs. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that are virtually undetactable in order to straighten teeth, making them an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces.
Which treatment option is right for me?
The best treatment option for you will be determined during a consultation at our practice. In essence, the nature and severity of the tooth gap will determine the proper course of action, with predominantly cosmetic issues better addressed with dental bonding and porcelain veneers, and more serious problems better addressed through orthodontics.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatment Options
If you would like to learn more about all of your treatment options for dental issues that affect your health and general appearance, be sure to contact our Mountain View cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you have a smile that's beautiful as well as healthy.
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