Treatments for Gaps Between Teeth

A woman smilingAt Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates, we offer a comprehensive approach to total dental wellness. Patients throughout the Wilmington area know that they can count on us and our team be cause we perform advanced cosmetic dentistry treatments as well as other general and restorative dentistry treatments.

A number of patients have asked us about treatments for gaps between teeth. Let's take a moment right now to go over the different treatment options available for tooth gaps.

Why You Should Take Tooth Gaps Seriously

Tooth gaps may seem like a purely aesthetic problem, but the fact of the matter is that they can also have a major impact on your dental health. When the spacing between your teeth is off, this can actually lead to significant issues with malocclusion. A misaligned smile can cause tooth grinding (bruxism) to occur, which can in turn cause a TMJ disorder due to the amount of stress placed on the jaw joint.

Where your issue is predominantly aesthetic or impacts your dental health and wellness, there are thankfully some treatment options that can be very helpful to you.

Dental Bonding for Minor Gaps Between Teeth

For small gaps between your teeth, a great option to consider is dental bonding. Dental bonding involves the use of a tooth-colored resin painted directly onto your teeth. This resin helps cover up small spaces between your teeth. Since the resin is color matched precisely, many people will not be able to tell that you have had cosmetic dental work performed.

Porcelain Veneers Can Conceal Larger Gaps

When the gap between your teeth is a little larger but still predominantly cosmetic in nature, another good option to consider is a porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material that are affixed to the front portions of your teeth. When in place, a porcelain veneer will be able to mask various kinds of imperfections, including minor gaps and spacing issues, stains and discolorations, chips, and cracks.

Porcelain veneers are even better cosmetic solutions than dental bonding on the whole given their durability and versatility. The semi-transluscent material blends in seamlessly with natural tooth structure.

Orthodontic Care for Gaps and Other Spacing Problems

When the gaps between your teeth are very significant and are related to major issues with dental alignment, the best option for treatment is orthodontic care. This means the use of braces or some form of braces alternative to adjust the position of the teeth and help address issues with spacing.

Orthodontic treatment is typically easier to implement when a patient is younger, such as in his or her teenage years. Adult braces can also be issued, though treatment times are typically longer. Regardless, the advantages of undergoing full orthodontic care are numerous.

Which treatment option is best for me?

The ideal treatment option for you and your needs will depend on the nature of your tooth gap or gaps. During a consultation, we will be able to assess your treatment options and go over all of the pros and cons involved.

Find Out About Your Treatment Options for Tooth Gaps

If you would like more information about your treatment options for major tooth gaps and spacing issues, be sure to contact our advanced dental care center today. The entire team at Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates looks forward to your visit and helping you have a healthy and beautiful smile.