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Fixing The Gaps

How To Fix Gaps Between Teeth

Diastema, a gap between two teeth is a common condition especially with the two front teeth. A mismatch between the size of the jaw bones and the size of the teeth is the major cause of gaps. If the teeth are too small, spaces between teeth will occur. If the jaw bone is bigger compared to the teeth, then the teeth will be crowded. Other causes of gaps include thumb sucking, periodontal disease and tongue thrust habit. Gaps can be distressing and they can also affect one’s self esteem. Thankfully, they can be fixed by a dentist through the following ways:

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is used to fill gaps that are large. A dentist may also recommend bonding for patients who want a quick fix. A tooth colored resin is applied on the tooth and then a light is passed over it to make it hard. Resin is putty like and this allows the dentist to mold it into the desired shape. The light bonds the tooth colored resin to the tooth. The bonding is then polished to prevent irritation. This is a quick process that takes a short time to complete. Within a few hours, the teeth will be back to normal.If a patient has other problems such as crooked and crowded teeth, in addition to the gap, then bonding has to be done in combination with orthodontic treatment.

Since resin is a porous material, bonding may not be a suitable solution for those who drink coffee or smoke cigarettes regularly. Coffee and cigarette smoke will stain composite resin or cause it to turn yellow. Therefore if you’re considering this procedure you’re advised to quit smoking altogether in order to have lasting results.

Porcelain Veneer

Porcelain veneers Barrie are small shells that are bonded to teeth to cover gaps or damage. A small amount of enamel is first removed so that the veneers fit perfectly without altering the bite. Veneers close the gap creating a natural smile. They can also be used to reduce the size of the gap for patients who don’t wish to close the gap completely.

Porcelain veneers are undetectable to the human eye. They are tightly bonded to the surface of the tooth providing additional strength to the tooth structure. The tight border between the tooth and porcelain veneer ensures that bacteria does not penetrate to the tooth’s surface causing tooth decay. Porcelain veneers do not stain easily and with proper care they can last for a long time.

Crowns

The affected teeth can be covered completely with crowns.

WHAT IS THE BEST SOLUTION TO FILL A WIDE GAP?

Teeth Gap Bands

Teeth gap bands are an alternative to traditional braces. They are affordable and show results in two weeks to six months. Bands can only be used for gaps that are less than 3.5mm and by patients with straight teeth. If used on teeth that are not straight, the teeth will become misaligned.

Implants

Implants are replacement teeth that match the natural teeth. If one has a wide gap, then the best solution is to fill it with an implant. Implants are more fragile than natural teeth; you should not exert undue pressure on them.

We are a Family Friendly Practice

At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

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