Spacing is an important aspect of an attractive smile. If the teeth are not spaced properly, it can lead to overcrowding or large gaps of space between the teeth. Gapped teeth are especially common. Most patients who have gapped teeth have a big space between the two middle, upper teeth. This gap is difficult to conceal and tends to detract from the appearance of the smile.
Dr. Patrick Seely offers a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments that address imperfections so that patients can enjoy a more beautiful smile. Dr. Seely is happy to discuss treatment for gapped teeth with his Windsor, CA patients, and help them choose a treatment technique that will best meet their unique needs and desires.
Dental bonding is one common approach for treating gapped teeth. A dental bonding procedure involves the application of a moldable dental compound, which is custom matched to the natural color of the patient’s teeth. This material can be bonded between the two teeth directly adjacent to a gap to improve the appearance of the smile.
Dental bonding allows patients to enjoy a smile that looks more symmetrical and even. This procedure is preferred by many of our patients because it is safe, affordable, and provides results that last for an average of five to 10 years.
Another cosmetic treatment that can be effective in eliminating the appearance of gapped teeth is porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are fitted to the front surface of the teeth. Veneers are bonded in place to conceal natural teeth that have been compromised by cosmetic blemishes.
In addition to hiding gapped teeth and giving the appearance of straighter, more even teeth, porcelain veneers can improve tooth color and address imperfections such as chips, cracks, or misshapen teeth. Because porcelain veneers have so many uses, they are ideal for patients who are looking to enhance the appearance of the smile.
Porcelain veneers treatment is more costly than dental bonding, but the results of treatment last for many years. With proper care, patients can enjoy their porcelain veneers for 15 years or more.
Sometimes gapped teeth are just one of many misalignment problems impacting the smile. If the spacing of the teeth is uneven, or if the bite is off, orthodontic treatment can prevent further oral health complications.
Dr. Seely is happy to offer Invisalign®. Invisalign® straightens the teeth in about the same timeframe as braces, but it does so without using any metal brackets or wires. Instead, patients progress through a series of clear, plastic aligners. This comfortable and convenient tooth straightening treatment improves the health and beauty of the smile, while closing gaps between the teeth.
If gapped teeth are preventing you from enjoying the full beauty of your smile, contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry treatments offered by Dr. Patrick Seely. Dr. Seely looks forward to treating your gapped teeth and giving you the smile you desire.