For the record, we think Madonna looks perfect just the way she is, but if she insisted on closing the gap, we’d obviously obey, happily…
Sometimes when adult teeth come in, the two front teeth don’t come together completely, which leaves a noticeable gap. This space or gap between the teeth is called diastema and with today’s advanced dental techniques and materials, repairing this condition is easy and usually only requires a couple visits to the dentist.
Options for repairing the space between two teeth
The proper treatment for a space between the two front teeth depends on the size of the gap. If you have a gap between your two front teeth, it’s important to discuss the options for closing it, which can include:
Bonding can replace the space between two front teeth
Bonding is the easiest method of closing the space as the dentist applies tooth-colored resin material to the teeth. The shading of the material carefully matches the color of the teeth, giving a natural appearance to the smile. While bonding is one of the less expensive methods to close the gap, it’s also more vulnerable to breaking or chipping than other methods.
Porcelain veneers are AWESOME for closing the gap between the two front teeth
Porcelain veneers are the most durable, natural-feeling and natural-looking option for closing the gap between two front teeth. These custom-designed porcelain shells are wafer thin and reflect light like natural teeth. Veneers require minimal disruption to your existing teeth, but it can give your teeth a more flattering look with a new size or shape.
Porcelain crowns can close the gap and more
For teeth that are misshapen or badly turned, porcelain crowns are the best option for closing the space between front teeth. Closing the gap with porcelain crowns requires reshaping the existing tooth so the custom-designed crown fits properly. A crown covers the sides and the top of the tooth and protects the portion underneath. Crowns give a natural appearance similar to veneers and are more durable than bonding.
If the gap between your front teeth is wide, the dentist may need to involve other front teeth in the treatment so everything stays in proportion. Trying to treat only the front two teeth when the gap is wide can give the appearance of very wide front teeth, which doesn’t achieve the results of an appealing, improved smile.
The only way to know the best treatment for dealing with diastema is by having a dental exam and consultation. The dentist can assess your specific dental dilemma and give you the best options for closing the gap between your front teeth. After you’ve agreed on a treatment, you’re one step closer to achieving your dream smile. Learn about Dupont Dental’s various cosmetic dentistry options by contacting our offices today.