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May 20
By James Altomare, DDS

Portrait of young brunette girl with a gap between her two front teethMany people have gaps or spaces between their teeth. While this does not usually interfere with oral health or function, some patients do not like the way that gaps affect their smile’s appearance. Cosmetic dentistry treatments can address these aesthetic concerns and bring balance to your smile. At our Skillman, NJ, practice, also serving Montgomery and Princeton, we often place porcelain veneers for gaps between the teeth. Here, our team explores this treatment option in more detail.

How Porcelain Veneers Conceal Gaps

Porcelain veneers can conceal cosmetic imperfections and transform your smile quickly. Veneers are strong shells of porcelain that are custom-made for your smile. Veneer are bonded over the front surface of a tooth rather, masking various types of dental imperfections. Veneers can also change the appearance of the length, width, or shape of the teeth, ultimately closing the gaps between them.

Exploring Candidacy

If gaps have you dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers are an effective treatment option. To qualify for this procedure, you should not have tooth decay or gum disease. The affected teeth must be structurally sound so they can provide a solid foundation for your veneers.

Further, there is a limit to what veneers can do. Veneers can close small to moderate gaps between the teeth. But if spacing issues are severe, you may need to consider alternative treatments.

Alternative Treatment Options

Before deciding on a treatment plan, it is important to have a full understanding of all options. Here are some other common treatments used to close spaces between the teeth:

  • Orthodontics: Sometimes gaps or spaces can affect the way your bite fits together. If your oral health and function is affected by gaps between your teeth, braces or Invisalign® can move your teeth into their ideal positions. In addition to improving overall aesthetics, orthodontic treatment brings your natural teeth into proper alignment for optimal oral health.
  • Dental bonding: If the gaps between your teeth are minimal, you may be better suited to dental bonding. Unlike veneers, bonding does not require enamel reduction. Your dentist simply roughens the surface of the affected tooth and applies a composite resin material. Once the material has been shaped and molded, it is cured with a special dental light. Finally, the teeth are polished to a natural-looking luster.
  • Dental crowns: Sometimes dental crowns are the best option for closing gaps in the smile. This procedure is often recommended for those with one or two areas with large spaces. Crowns may also be a better option if the affected teeth are compromised by decay or structural damage.

There are plenty of options available to help you achieve the smile you desire. During a consultation at our practice, Dr. Altomare can help you determine which treatment will be most beneficial to you.

Schedule a Cosmetic Consultation Today

If you would like to explore options for smile enhancement, schedule a cosmetic consultation at our practice. Contact us online anytime or call us at (609) 921-1020.

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