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What's the Best Cosmetic Treatment Option for My Gapped Teeth?

Sep 01, 2023
What's the Best Cosmetic Treatment Option for My Gapped Teeth?
Gaps between your teeth can cause embarrassment, especially if food gets stuck in the gaps! Luckily, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to addressing this issue. Read on to find out the best cosmetic treatment option for this problem.

Gapped teeth, officially known as diastema, can affect your self-confidence both at home and at work. Not only do gapped teeth pose aesthetic concerns, but large gaps can also impact your ability to speak clearly. The good news is that there are plenty of solutions to close gaps, and if you're considering cosmetic treatment options to address this concern, you're in the right place. 

Here at Urbandale Smiles, our team of holistic dentists 一 Chia Wu, DMD, Jeremy Flinkman, DMD, and Jessica Sanborn, DDS 一 offer a variety of cosmetic treatment options. Because each person’s aesthetic needs are unique, we know there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, and we’re happy to explore the right solution for you during a consultation. 

In the meantime, familiarize yourself with the many options for closing gaps between your teeth.

Dental bonding for quick fixes

Dental bonding is a popular and minimally invasive option for closing a minor gap between two teeth. Dental bonding refers to the application of a tooth-colored resin to your teeth. The dental bonding is sculpted on your teeth and blends seamlessly with your natural teeth to hide the gap. Once the shape is perfected, it’s then hardened using a special light. 

Dental bonding is a relatively quick and cost-effective solution, offering immediate results. Keep in mind that dental bonding doesn’t physically close the gap, so you won’t have to worry about any discomfort typically associated with orthodontic treatment. That being said, it’s not ideal for large gaps.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are placed on and bonded to the front surface of your teeth. They can effectively close gaps and provide a dramatic improvement in your smile's appearance. Veneers are durable and resistant to staining, so they’re ideal for those wishing to brighten their smile, too. 

While veneers may require more preparation compared to bonding, their transformative results can be well worth it. Veneers can also address many issues at once, including enhancing the size and shape of your teeth.

Clear aligners 

Clear aligners have revolutionized orthodontic treatment. They’re virtually invisible and gradually shift your teeth into their desired positions, closing gaps gently over time. Here at Urbandale Smiles, we offer Invisalign® orthodontic treatment to close gaps, correct bad bites, and correct crowding. 

Unlike veneers and dental bonding, which both hide gaps, Invisalign treatment can physically close gaps permanently by shifting your teeth and tooth roots. Invisalign clear aligner trays are made from soft BPA-free plastic and are a discreet and comfortable option that allows you to close the gaps in your teeth and achieve a straighter smile without the need for traditional braces.

Finding the right cosmetic treatment for you

The best cosmetic treatment option for your gapped teeth depends on various factors, including how big or small the gap is, your overall oral health, your budget, and even your personal preferences. 

Whether you opt for dental bonding, veneers, or clear aligners, closing the gap can boost your self-confidence and help you love your smile again. Your journey toward a beautiful smile is within reach. 

Call our Urbandale, Iowa, office at 515-276-7800 or click here to discover how the right cosmetic treatment can make all the difference.