A diastema is the term used to describe a gap between the two front teeth. Although they add character to your smile, most people with diastemas wish they didn’t have them at all. Thankfully there are several different options to choose from when it comes to closing in the space between your teeth.
Veneers cover only the front of the teeth and are ideal for recreating the appearance of a tooth’s size and shape. If your teeth are healthy and aren’t in need of restorative treatments, veneers can give you the best overall effect. Most of the time veneers are done in sets of 4 or 6, for a more comprehensive effect.
If the space between your teeth is small enough, then composite bonding is also an option. Bonding is ideal when only a slight amount of tooth structure needs to be created, as a bulky area would look unnatural.
Should your teeth also be worn, chipped, or have previous fillings, then crowns can restore your teeth in both form and function. Unlike veneers, a crown will cover the entire tooth surface, so it serves as a restoration as well as an aesthetic treatment.
Orthodontic therapy can bring your two teeth together, closing the space naturally. However, unless you take proper steps to retain this spacing, the gap could come back. Your dentist may place a permanent retainer on the back of the two teeth, or suggest having the muscle between the teeth clipped so that it does not cause relapse.
Your dentist is more than happy to discuss which options are right for you. Call your dentist today!
Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
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