A narrow space between front teeth is generally not a critical issue. There are different approaches that can be taken to either eliminate the opening or make it appear closed. Your cosmetic dentist has a solution that will coordinate with your needs.
The width of the gap and the reason it occurred will likely be discussed. If the space is due to smaller teeth not consuming all the available jaw space, there may be gaps between several teeth. In this instance, orthodontic care may be indicated.
The age of the patient is also a consideration. If the patient is a child, it is best to wait to see if ordinary growth provides a solution. A teenager or adult has likely reached bone maturity and spaces will probably not close.
For a permanent solution, orthodontics may be the best option. Braces shift teeth, but it is important to know that all teeth require treatment, not just the two involving the space. If you should opt for orthodontic treatment, as an adult, Invisalign clear aligners are an option that provides a nearly invisible means of closing the gap between your front teeth.
If there is just one space between front teeth (this is called a diastema), and you do not want to invest in the commitment of time and money for orthodontic care, you might want to consider porcelain veneers.
With porcelain veneers, your cosmetic dentist will remove a very thin layer of enamel from your front teeth. A dental impression will provide a model for the dental lab to fabricate the veneers, which are very thin tooth colored shells that will ultimately be affixed to the front of teeth to be treated.
The veneers are made to match surrounding biological teeth in size, shade, and contour. They will be tried on to guarantee they are a perfect match and provide an impeccable fit. If needed, minor corrections can be made before cementing them in place. Veneers can seemingly close that gap in a matter of weeks. This is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure with very positive results.
To learn more about your treatment options, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-609-7377 today!