Small teeth, unusual spacing, and/or missing teeth can all cause gaps between teeth. Fixing these gaps – especially between your front teeth – can improve your looks, optimize your bite, and make it easier to keep your teeth and gums clean.
Consider Invisalign® to Fix Gaps between Teeth
It’s important to consult with your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist to find the best treatment to fix gaps between teeth. However, depending on your individual situation, straightening your teeth might be an option. Invisalign® is a very effective way to reposition teeth that are crooked and out of alignment.
Although some may think that the purpose of Invisalign® is to provide you with a more attractive smile – an obvious benefit – your Century City cosmetic dentist will tell you that the benefit of straightening teeth is to make them easier to clean. Overcrowding and gaps can leave your teeth and gums susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, abnormal wear, inefficient chewing, as well as cause unnecessary stress on your jawbone.
The reason your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist suggests Invisalign® over conventional braces is the added benefits they provide. In addition to fixing gaps between your teeth, overcrowding, and your bite, Invisalign® also:
- Allows you to eat whatever you want
- Allows you to remove the device easily
- Straightens teeth invisibly
- Makes it easier to brush and floss for better oral hygiene
- Is generally more comfortable than conventional braces
- Means no dental visits every four to six weeks
Regular braces can cause pain, discomfort, mouth sores, tooth decay, plaque buildup, tooth discoloration and more. They also hinder your ability to eat certain foods, such as popcorn, pretzels, and even hard fruits and vegetables such as apples and carrots.
Fix Gaps between Teeth with Veneers
If Invisalign® isn’t the right option for you, your Century City cosmetic dentist may suggest veneers. Fixing the gaps between teeth with such restorative treatments will depend on the size, location, and cause of the gap as well as the condition of the adjacent teeth.
It’s equally important to keep in mind that there is prep work required if you choose veneers. Your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist must remove the surface enamel of each tooth involved. This is an irreversible procedure.
There are benefits to having veneers over another procedure, such as bonding. Dental bonding involves applying and sculpting composite material to your teeth. It is less durable. Therefore, it is more susceptible to discoloration and breakage.
A ceramist makes each porcelain veneer to your specific needs. Your Century City cosmetic dentist then attaches them to each tooth, like a press-on nail.
Whatever procedure you choose to fix gaps between teeth, make sure to consult with your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist.