Closing the Gaps: Treatment Options for Gapped Teeth
Millions of people have visible gaps of varying widths separating their teeth. For some people, such gaps are simply parts of their smiles, tolerated if not embraced. For others, however, they are a source of self-consciousness. It is with these patients in mind that Boston Prosthodontics offers numerous restorative and cosmetic dentistry options designed to close gaps between teeth and produce stunning, natural-looking smiles.
If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile due to gaps between your teeth, then our team of dental professionals can help. One of our four esteemed reconstructive and cosmetic dentists can describe the treatment options for gapped teeth available to you at our Boston, MA practice during a confidential, one-on-one consultation. They will provide you with all of the information you need to make a confident decision regarding which treatment option is right for you.
How Are Gapped Teeth Treated?
Gaps between teeth can be closed using a number of methods. For severe gaps that create bite problems, it may be necessary to employ traditional orthodontic techniques to realign the teeth and correct the bite. However, for gaps that pose primarily aesthetic problems, cosmetic dentistry offers several potentially effective solutions, including:
- Porcelain Veneers: Often, porcelain veneers are referred to as “instant orthodontics” due to their power to conceal a multitude of orthodontic flaws, including small spaces between teeth, without the need for cumbersome, lengthy orthodontic treatments such as traditional metal braces. Veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth. They can conceal flaws in the shape and size of teeth, widening teeth that are too narrow to close gaps and create a more uniform and healthy-looking smile. Because porcelain shares light-reflecting properties with tooth enamel, veneers look remarkably natural.
- Dental bonding: By applying a composite resin material to the front surfaces of the teeth, sculpting it to complement surrounding natural teeth, exposing it to a special curing light, and then polishing it to a smooth finish, our dentists are able to improve the appearance of smiles affected by gaps and conceal other cosmetic imperfections. Dental bonding offers patients a cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers that also looks extremely natural and aesthetically pleasing.
- Dental implants: Of course, the biggest gaps that can possibly affect smiles are those left by missing teeth. If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, then you may be an ideal candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically embedded into the jaw, where they act as artificial roots for crowns, bridges, or even full-arch dentures. Closing gaps left by missing teeth is especially important, as leaving them open can allow the teeth adjacent to the gaps to shift out of their optimal positions, weakening the bite.
Learn More about the Available Treatment Options for Gapped Teeth
If you would like to learn more about the available treatment options for gapped teeth, please contact Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group to schedule your initial consultation today.