In recent years, there’s been a lot of talk about how attractive a gap in the front teeth might be. With gap-toothed models like Lara Stone catching a lot of attention, some people might be inclined to embrace the gap, but if you’re like most people with a gap in your smile, you’re probably not happy with it.

The good news is that if you’re unhappy with a gapped smile, you can do something about it. Actually, you have a lot of good options, so it’s more a matter of picking the right one than finding a solution.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a great solution for people who are unhappy with their gapped smile, but are otherwise happy with the size and shape of their teeth. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic aligners to move your teeth into position by incremental steps. These aligners are completely removable, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning food out of braces, or giving up any of your favorite foods.

The main limitation for Invisalign is that it takes time. Like traditional braces, it may take a year to complete treatment. This makes it best for people with orthodontic issues beyond just the gap in their smile, which might be fixed more quickly with other options.

Dental Bonding

01Dental bonding is when the same composite material used for tooth-colored fillings is used to reshape your teeth. It begins as a putty, which is then applied to your teeth on either side of the gap, closing it by extending your teeth. This is an especially good treatment if you are unhappy with the size or shape of your front teeth.

Dental bonding is quick–it can be completed in a single visit–and it’s the least expensive option. It does have the limitation that it tends not to be as durable as other options, and it’s more susceptible to staining.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin facades of ceramic that can be applied to the front of your teeth to reshape them. This is similar to the way dental bonding works, but it give us more flexibility, and it often gives more attractive results.

Porcelain veneers do have the limitation that we have to send your impressions to a dental laboratory and wait to receive the finished veneers, which can take a couple weeks. However, the results from porcelain veneers can last a decade or more.

Which One Is Right for You?

It can be hard to weigh the benefits and limitations of all your treatment options to find the one that’s best for you. During your consultation, we’ll talk about each option in detail and give recommendations based on your smile and your cosmetic goals.

To learn more about closing gaps in your smile, please contact Smile Columbia Dentistry in Columbia, SC today.