Gaps between teeth can make patients feel self-conscious about their smiles. Many people with gap teeth or diastemas fear they may not be taken seriously in professional settings. Aside from aesthetics, patients with gap teeth may also be at a higher risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Gaps can occur between any two teeth, and some patients have gaps between most or all of their teeth. Treatment for gap teeth will vary and be determined based on where the gaps are and how large the space between the teeth is. Dr. Grapevine offers a variety of cosmetic treatment options for closing gaps between teeth.
Treatment options for closing gap teeth:
- Tooth bonding: Cosmetic teeth bonding is typically completed during a single visit to our Plano, TX dentist office and takes less than an hour to complete. Dr. Grapevine will select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your natural teeth for virtually unnoticeable treatment. He will carefully mold sculpt it into the desired shape, closing the gaps.
- Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment option to hide gaps in between teeth. They are thin, custom made shells that cover your natural tooth hiding any imperfections.
- Dental Crowns: A dental crown, or ‘tooth cap’, can be used as a cosmetic dentistry treatment to close gaps in your smile. They cover the entire tooth and are permanently bonded into place. Crowns can be colored matched to blend in with the rest of your smile.
- Invisalign: Custom designed clear aligners are an efficient and comfortable treatment for eliminating gaps in between teeth. Invisalign is a set of invisible braces that you will change out about every two weeks. This system will gradually shift the teeth together.
What is a Diastema?
When the front two teeth are spaced apart this is called a diastema. Diastemas create a dark triangle between the front two teeth which can be cosmetically unappealing. Most patients with diastemas are born with them. Dr. Grapevine can treat diastemas in children and adult patients. Closing the gap between the two front teeth improves the appearance and health of the smile.
There are many cosmetic dental treatments that can successfully close diastemas. For younger patients whose teeth and jaw are still developing, dental bonding may be an appropriate treatment. For adult patients looking for a permanent way to restore their smile, Dr. Grapevine may recommend porcelain veneers or BioClear.
BioClear for Treating Diastemas
Is BioClear a quality alternative to dental veneers for treating diastemas?
BioClear is an innovative dental bonding technique that uses state of the art materials to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile. BioClear is a preferred alternative to dental veneers for treating a gap in the front teeth. BioClear reduces the amount of tooth enamel that needs to be removed for successful results. BioClear allows Dr. Grapevine to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible for long-term structural support of your jaw and smile.
The BioClear material is stain and decay resistant. Using BioClear to restore your smile can help improve oral health by eliminating spaces, reducing the risk of plaque and tartar buildup.