How Hard Is It to Fix Tooth Gaps?
Many people feel self conscious about their teeth for various reasons, be it because they are yellowing, because they are crooked, or yes, because they have gaps. Whether you’ve got a conspicuous gap between your two front teeth or you’re gappy in multiple places, if you feel like you want to hide your teeth in photos, or avoid smiling because you’re embarrassed, then you probably want to fix your gap/s.
There are multiple ways that you can go about this:
Tooth Colored Fillings
Fillings can be placed to close off a gap when it isn’t too big. Small gaps can be successfully closed as long as they don’t make the teeth look bulky. The filling is an adhesive substance that is placed over the tooth that is shaped to look like the tooth itself. This means that you can fill in gaps or chips easily to look like a real, regular tooth.
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Crowns can be placed to close off gaps. A crown is a cap that is placed over the tooth, which looks exactly like a regular tooth, but would be altered so that the gap between the teeth is hidden. The teeth are altered on your cheek side and tongue side and the cap slides on.
A veneer is similar to a crown, is shaped the same as a regular tooth, but is less invasive than a crown. Only the cheek side of your teeth is altered and a ceramic facing is placed . This is sort of similar and yet different to using tooth colored fillings. The veneer mimics the tooth, but can cover the gap.
Standard Orthodontic Braces
If there are multiple gaps between teeth, or you have a large gap, you may like to get braces to fix the issue. Braces pull teeth completely into line over time.
Invisible Braces – Invisalign/Clear Correct
These look like retainers and are used to slowly shift teeth over time. If you have multiple gaps but don’t want to commit to metallic or ceramic braces, then a retainer might be for you. They are worn for most of the day, cannot be noticed by other people, and can be taken off when you want to eat.
If you have a large gap that is caused by a lost tooth, then you should consider getting a dental implant. The implant screws into the jaw and is topped with a natural looking ceramic tooth. These are very sturdy and look just like regular teeth and provide excellent long term results.
A cheaper alternative to dental implants, if you have a tooth sized gap that needs filling, you may like to get a partial denture. These need to be taken care of carefully.
Come into see our Dental Avenue dentists in Parramatta for an assessment for the gap or gaps in your teeth. We can provide a range of options that will help to give you the smile that you have been dreaming of. Get quality advice with us, and you’ll be feeling more confident about your smile in no time flat. Call us on 02 8004 0055 for an appointment now and do yourself a favour!