Two Options For Fixing A Front Tooth Gap
Not long ago, there used to be a terrible stigma attached to having a front tooth gap. These days, however, they're seen as a cute and unique facial feature. Still, if you prefer to close your front tooth gap, there are a number of ways it can be done, depending on how large the space is. Here are two options that may be right for you.
If the gap is fairly small and you don't have an issue with diastema in other areas of your mouth, an easy way to fix it is to have veneers installed over the teeth. Veeners are thin layers of porcelain overlaid on top of the teeth. This porcelain can be shaped so that it enlarges the teeth on either side of the gap big enough to close the space between them. This option also disguises other dental problems, such as chips, cracks, and discoloration.
Veneers can last for up to 20 years when maintained. However, they can crack and discolor, so it's essential you follow the aftercare instructions provided by your dentist to prevent this from happening. Additionally, if your teeth are already stained, have them whitened before getting veneers. The dentist will match the color of the veneers to your teeth and, since veneers can't be whitened, you'll want to avoid an embarrassing mismatch that can occur if you whiten your teeth after the veneers are installed.
Lastly, veneers can cost between $925 and $2,500 per tooth, and dental insurance typically doesn't cover this procedure.
People with large gaps or who have other dental issues (e.g. crooked teeth, gaps in other areas) may want to opt for braces. This will permanently move the teeth together over a period of time (18 to 24 months) until the desired straightness is achieved. Afterwards, you may need to wear a retainer each night to maintain the results.
Since you will be moving your own teeth, you won't have to worry about breaking a dental appliance like you would with veneers. Also, in some cases, you don't have to get the traditional wire braces. You can opt for Invisalign, which uses clear, removable trays to straighten teeth. However, it's critical you fix any underlying issues that may have caused the gap to form in the first place; otherwise, the gap may return, resulting in a waste of time and money. For instance, if the gap formed because of tongue thrusting, you should work with a speech therapist to fix the problem.
Braces can cost between $3,000 and $7,500, but some of this cost is covered by insurance.
For more information about fixing a gap in your teeth, contact a cosmetic dentist at a place like Niantic Dental Associates P C.