Cosmetic Dentistry Options for Gapped Teeth
By Patrick Casey on July 30, 2015
Drs. Charles and Patrick Casey are committed to your oral health and to maintaining your full dental function. However, they also understand the importance of an aesthetically pleasing smile. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. It affects your overall appearance, your self-confidence, and, sometimes, they way you interact with others. Therefore, even small gaps between your teeth can take a huge toll on your self-esteem. For this reason, our dentists offer several cosmetic dentistry treatments, as well as traditional orthodontics, to close these spaces and enhance your smile. Following a full consultation, we can help you choose the right option for you. To learn more about treatments for gapped teeth, contact our Montreal practice today.
Porcelain veneers can be a great option for gapped teeth, in part because they can correct other cosmetic issues at the same time. Veneers are porcelain shells, about the thickness of an eggshell. Made to match the normal shade of your teeth, these fabrications are placed directly on top of your enamel. Because our lab will custom-design veneers just for you, the ceramists can make them slightly wider than your natural teeth. In this way, they can close the gaps in your smile, while still yielding a highly lifelike appearance. To place veneers, Dr. Charles or Dr. Patrick Casey will need to trim off a small layer of enamel, making room for the porcelain.
Veneers may be right for you if:
- You want to correct additional blemishes, such as stains, chips, or oddly shaped teeth.
- You still have a healthy amount of dental enamel.
- You are looking for a highly lifelike and long-lasting solution to your gapped smile.
In some ways, dental bonding is similar to porcelain veneers because it can correct multiple issues at once. However, instead of attaching porcelain shells, your dentist will apply composite resin directly to the front of your teeth, sculpting the material as he goes. He can extend the composite beyond the edges of your teeth to fill in gaps. As he works, he will place the material in layers, and he will use a curing light to harden each layer. When he has achieved the desired results, and you have a beautiful, even smile, he will polish the composite for a lifelike sparkle.
You may be a candidate for bonding if:
- You have several cosmetic flaws that you would like to correct.
- You are looking for an affordable option.
- You want a convenient treatment that will take place over a single visit.
Along with our cosmetic treatments, we also offer traditional orthodontics. Braces will apply a carefully calibrated force to your teeth. You will come in regularly so that Dr. Patrick or Dr. Charles Casey can monitor your progress. At each visit, your dentist will gently tighten the wire to increase the pressure on your teeth. With every adjustment, your teeth will shift, and the gaps between them will eventually close. Thanks to modern technology, orthodontic treatment is more comfortable and effective than ever before.
Traditional braces may be right for you if:
- You have larger spaces between your teeth.
- You have additional orthodontic issues, such as rotated teeth or malocclusion.
- You are looking for a permanent solution for your gapped grin.
Find Out Which Treatment Is Right for You
Our dentists always make honest treatment recommendations, and they will help you decide on the right option for you. Contact us today to learn how you can achieve a stunning, even smile.
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