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Cosmetic dentistry: Fixing Space between teeth

If you have a space between your teeth that you are uncomfortable with, it may be time to have it corrected to improve your self-image.

A space between your front teeth can be a cause of distraction to the person you are speaking with. It can divert that person's attention from your face to that defect. Correcting this defect will make it easier for others to maintain eye contact with you.

The cause of spacing may be heredity or some personal habit like tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, abnormal swallowing, etc. Another cause in adults is advanced gum disease, leading to loss of supporting bone and the teeth spreading out. The cause of the spacing can determine the technique used for correction

There are several techniques available to close gaps. The method chosen will depend upon the cause of the space, the condition of the adjacent teeth and the amount of time available to correct the defect.

  • Orthodontics

  • Veneers

  • Crowns

  • Bonding

Click here to view some space closure case studies from our clinic

Gap Closure with Composite Bonding

Dental bonding on the anterior or front teeth is an excellent method for repairing minor imperfections such as chips and stains. It can also be used to fill gaps between the teeth called diastemas. Although no cosmetic dentistry procedure can take the place of good oral and periodontal hygiene, dental bonding can brighten your smile quickly and easily.

What are the most common benefits of this procedure?

In dental bonding, a composite resin material is applied to the tooth and then sculpted and shaped to cover damaged areas or to fill in gaps. This material comes in several shades so it can be matched to the natural color of your tooth. Bonding usually requires only one visit, so it is less time-consuming and less expensive than other tooth restoration methods.

Bonding can be accomplished in one visit. The length of the visit will depend on the condition of your teeth and on how much repair work you are having done.

To maintain the results achieved by this procedure, it is important to practice

good oral hygiene. Follow these steps to care for your teeth after bonding:

  • Keep your teeth clean by brushing and flossing regularly.

  • Schedule regular professional cleanings by your dentist or dental hygienist.

  • Use gentle toothpastes that are safe for bonded teeth. Ask your dentist for

  • recommendations.

  • Slice hard foods like apples and carrots before eating them.

  • Avoid chewing on hard objects like fingernails, pencils, or paperclips.

Gap Closure with Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers and crowns can often be used as an alternative to orthodontics in order to close spaces between teeth. Veneers and crowns are especially appropriate if, in addition to being spaced, the teeth are discoloured or poorly shaped. Cases involving large gap closures require significant dental expertise in order to close the spaces without making the teeth look abnormally wide. They provide a more permanent solution in diastema (Gaps in teeth) cases as they do not stain that easily. Using Veneers to treat spacing of teeth is a long lasting solution and is especially effective when spaces are not uniform. The ceramic material used to construct veneers is much stronger than resin and gives a very natural and life-like appearance to the treated teeth. The disadvantage is the higher cost of the procedure.

Gap Closure with Orthodontics

Orthodontics, or wearing braces as this treatment is commonly called is a very good solution for gap closure. The disadvantage of this option is the length of time it takes to accomplish the desired results. It is a relatively permanent treatment provided the patient has worn the retainers long enough to stabilize the teeth that have been moved.

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Gap Closure with Dental Crowns

Crowning a tooth to close a space can be considered to be an overkill, unless the tooth needs a crown for other reasons. It involves more time and additional cost. The natural tooth has to be reduced to a particular shape and to make space for the crown. It is a very long lasting solution and can give a very pleasing result. CROWNS PROCEDURE

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