04 Apr 2018
Your smile is a gateway to your personality — but many individuals are embarrassed to show off their grin because they have a large space between teeth. There are several natural reasons why these gaps may occur, such as teeth that are just too small, malalignment, and gum disease to name a few.
An unusually large space between the teeth can affect a person’s self-confidence and even the health of their bite, but treatment is available for this common cosmetic issue. Here’s a closer look at some of the methods that can be used to eliminate these gaps.
Braces are the most well-known method of correcting a space between teeth. Though more time-consuming than other methods, braces are often the most effective way to correct spacing and malalignment of teeth.
Regardless of where the gap is located, patients are generally required to use a full set of braces. Addressing a larger space in one area will have an impact on the rest of the mouth, and the use of braces ensures that correcting one gap won’t create other problems. This way, the entire mouth will achieve proper alignment.
After the treatment with braces has been completed, most patients will typically need to wear a retainer for a certain period of time. Retainers help keep the teeth properly aligned so that the previous treatment doesn’t go to waste.
Crowns, Veneers & Bonding
For larger gaps and spaces that are the result of having a smaller-than-normal tooth, bonding, crowns, or veneers may be used to address the issue. Bonding is a quick procedure in which a specialized resin is applied and hardened, helping to improve the tooth’s appearance. However, bonding is typically viewed as more of a short-term solution and doesn’t provide the most natural look.
Crowns and veneers offer a longer-lasting fix. Crowns are a porcelain shell that goes over the existing tooth to fix both cosmetic and functional issues. Though often used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, they can also be used to “bulk up” a smaller tooth to improve your natural bite. Veneers, on the other hand, are only applied to the front of the tooth with the help of dental bonding. Though they also result in a great natural look, they aren’t as well suited for more intensive gaps.
If a large space between your teeth is the result of missing one or several teeth, braces and crowns aren’t going to be an adequate solution. In most cases, the solution will be to place dental implants.
Implants serve as a permanent replacement tooth. They have a very high success rate and are usually indistinguishable from natural teeth. The fake tooth is surgically inserted into the jawbone, and with normal use and proper care, implants can last for life.
Which Is Best?
So which solution is best suited for addressing the spaces between your teeth? Ultimately, you will need to consult with a dental professional. By examining the size and location of the gaps and going over your medical history, your dentist will be able to work with you to determine which option will be best. Don’t hesitate to reach out — a beautiful, healthier smile is closer than you think!