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Having a gap between your teeth can be a source of insecurity for many people. Whether it’s a small gap or a larger one, it can affect your confidence and even impact your dental health. Fortunately, there are several options available to fill in the gap and give you the smile you’ve always wanted. 

In this article, we’ll explore five different ways to bridge the gap and help you make the best choice for your needs. So, whether you’re looking for a subtle change or a more dramatic transformation, read on to discover the options available and take the first step towards a brighter, more confident smile.

What causes tooth gaps?

Tooth gaps, also known as diastema, are caused by a variety of factors. The most common cause is genetics,  some people are born with larger gaps between their teeth than others. Other causes include missing or undersized teeth, gum disease, and habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. In some cases, gaps can also be caused by a misaligned bite or by teeth shifting due to age or injury.

Types of gaps in teeth

Tooth gaps can vary in size, shape and location. Some gaps are small and barely noticeable but others are more pronounced and can affect the appearance of your entire smile. Gap size can also vary from one tooth to another, with some gaps being wider than others. The location of the gap can also impact its visibility, gaps between the front teeth being the most noticeable.

Why fill a tooth gap?

While some people may embrace their tooth gap as a unique feature, others may find it to be a source of embarrassment or discomfort. Tooth gaps can make it difficult to chew certain foods, impact speech and lead to self-consciousness when smiling or speaking. 

Filling in the gap can not only improve the appearance of the smile, but also improve dental health by preventing food from getting stuck in the gap and reducing the risk of gum disease.

How to close a gap in your teeth

Invisalign

Invisalign is a popular option for closing a gap in your front teeth or other orthodontic issues. Invisalign uses clear aligners that are custom-made to fit your teeth and gradually shift them into the desired position. The aligners are virtually invisible, making them a great choice for people who want to improve their smile without drawing attention to the process. Invisalign treatment typically takes between 12 and 18 months depending on the severity of the gap.

One of the benefits of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable so you can still enjoy your favorite foods and practice good oral hygiene without any restrictions. However, it’s important to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day for optimal results. Invisalign may not be suitable for everyone, especially for those with more severe cases of tooth gaps or misaligned bites.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are another option for fixing tooth gaps. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. Porcelain is a popular material for veneers because it mimics the natural look and feel of teeth and is highly durable. Veneers can be used to fill in small to moderate gaps and can also improve the appearance of discolored, misshapen or chipped teeth.

The process of getting veneers typically involves two or three visits to a cosmetic dentist. During the first visit we prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel and taking impressions. These impressions are then sent to a dental lab where the veneers are custom-made. At the second visit, the veneers are bonded to your teeth using a special adhesive. Veneers can last between 10 and 15 years with proper care and maintenance.

Composite veneers

Composite veneers are similar to porcelain veneers, but are made from a tooth-colored resin material that is applied directly to your teeth. Composite veneers can be a more affordable option than porcelain veneers and can be completed in a single visit to the dentist. The process involves applying the resin material to your teeth and shaping it to the desired size and shape. The material is then hardened using a special light and polished to create a natural-looking finish.

While composite veneers can be a great option for filling in small gaps, they may not be as durable as porcelain veneers and may need to be replaced more frequently. Composite veneers may also be more prone to staining and discoloration, and may require more frequent touch-ups to maintain their appearance.

Dental bonding 

Dental bonding is a quick and simple option for filling in small gaps between your teeth. Bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin material to your teeth and shaping it to fill in the gap. The material is then hardened using a special light and polished to create a natural-looking finish. Bonding can be completed in a single visit and typically lasts between 3 and 5 years.

While bonding can be a more affordable option than veneers or Invisalign, it may not be as durable or long-lasting. Bonding may also be more prone to chipping or cracking, and may require more frequent touch-ups or replacements.

Dental implants

Dental implants are a more permanent option for filling in tooth gaps caused by missing teeth. Implants involve placing a small titanium post into the jawbone and attaching a prosthetic tooth to the post. Implants can not only fill in the gap, but also improve the function and stability of the bite. Implants can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.

While implants can be a great option for filling in larger gaps or replacing missing teeth, they may not be suitable for everyone. Implants require sufficient bone density in the jawbone and may require additional procedures such as bone grafting or sinus lifts to prepare the area for the implant. Implants can also be more expensive than other options and may require multiple visits to the dentist.

Choosing the right option for you

When it comes to filling in a tooth gap, there are several options available to suit a range of needs and budgets. Invisalign, veneers, bonding and implants all have their own unique benefits and drawbacks, and the right choice will depend on factors such as the size and location of the gap, your dental health and your personal preferences.

If you’re ready to take the next step in filling in your tooth gap, complete the form below to book a consultation at our Brighton dental clinic. Our experienced cosmetic dentists will help you determine the best option for you and ensure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. 

Whatever option you choose, filling in a tooth gap can be a transformative experience that can boost your confidence and help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

Disclaimer: The material posted is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Results vary with each patient. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits. If you have any specific questions about any dental and/or medical matter, you should consult your dentist, physician or other professional healthcare providers.

 

Services we mentioned:

Cosmetic Dentistry

Invisalign

Dental Veneers

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