How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Fix Unwanted Gaps

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Fix Unwanted Gaps

One of the most common reasons people seek out a cosmetic dentist is to fix unwanted gaps in teeth. These gaps are most noticeable (and most common) between the front two teeth. This condition actually has a formal name, diastema.

Diastema can be fixed in several ways: traditional braces, Invisalign, dental bonding or a frenectomy. The method suggested by your dental professional depends on the location, size and cause of the gap.

BRACES

Braces are the most time intensive of solutions available — but the results they yield are predictable and long lasting. An orthodontist will fit your top and bottom teeth with braces that will slowly move your teeth in to close the gap. You might think that if the gap is on the top you would only have to have braces on the top. But because moving any of your teeth affects your full set of teeth, top and bottom braces are required. According to OralB, the average cost for braces is $3,000 to $7,000.

INVISALIGN

Invisalign involves a series of custom-made clear, plastic aligners worn to straighten teeth. Every two weeks a new set of trays are introduced and slowly they shift the teeth into place. Invisalign is one of the most popular ways to straighten teeth because the plastic tray can be removed to eat as well as brushing. It is more comfortable than regular braces and you will spend less time at the dentist’s office. The only catch is that not everyone is a candidate for the treatment. They are most effective for people with mild to moderate crowding or spacing issues. More complex dental issues often require traditional braces. They are also a great option for adults who had braces in adolescence but have experienced a minor relapse. According to OralB, the average cost is $4,000 – $7,400.

DENTAL BONDING

This technique involves applying and forming tooth-colored resin to your teeth. The resin is their cured with a high-intensity light. It is easy and painfree but it can become discolored or damaged. Everyday Health reports that the average cost is somewhere around $300 to $600 per tooth and often dental insurance plans pay a portion of that cost.

VENEERS

Dental veneers are ceramic shells that are fitted over existing teeth. The original tooth enamel is roughed up before applying the veneer to help it adhere. Veneers are popular because they look flawless and can never be discolored. The downside is the price, they are typically not covered by insurance and can cost a pretty penny. Angie’s List reports that veneers cost up to $1,100 per tooth.

FRENECTOMY

Sometimes the gap appears between your teeth because the frenum is larger than normal or is positioned in a way that doesn’t allow teeth to sit side by side. A frenectomy surgery is when that small fold of tissue is removed by a dentist or orthodontist. The procedure is most effective when performed on children because it allows the space to close on it’s own. When frenectomies are done in the adult years, they are often performed after traditional braces have been worn.

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