Your smile is an important part of who you are. It helps you make a good impression when you meet someone new and offers a friendly face to your family and friends. If you have one or more gaps between your teeth, you may not feel confident about showing off your smile. Dr. Neil L. Starr offers restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments to help patients feel more confident in the appearance of their smile. He can help you choose the right treatment for your gapped teeth so you can achieve a beautiful smile. Contact our Washington, DC practice today.
Treatment Options for Gapped Teeth
Treatment options for gapped teeth depend, in part, on the cause of the gaps. Some common causes of gaps between teeth include:
- Undersized teeth or an oversized jaw
- Thumb sucking
- Periodontal disease
- Loss of one or more teeth
Dr. Starr will work with you to determine the cause of your gapped teeth and the appropriate treatment.
There are two cosmetic solutions for gapped teeth: porcelain veneers and dental bonding. Both can add width to the existing teeth to fill in gaps, and are often referred to as “instant orthodontics”. Porcelain veneers are thin shells fabricated from medical-grade ceramic. They are custom-made to address your concerns and match the shade of your natural teeth. Dr. Starr simply cements the veneers in place over the natural teeth to fill in any gaps.
Dental bonding, on the other hand, uses composite resin to add width to the teeth. This pliable, tooth-colored material can also be made in a custom shade to match your teeth, making the bonded teeth virtually indistinguishable from your surrounding teeth. Dr. Starr simply applies the composite resin in layers to achieve the desired effect.
Both are long-lasting options, but porcelain veneers are considered permanent. This is because Dr. Starr must first remove a thin layer of your tooth enamel. Dental bonding is reversible because it does not require any tooth alteration. Bonding may not last as long as veneers, though, as the material is not as strong or durable as ceramic.
If the gaps in your smile are the result of one or more missing teeth, dental implants are the ideal solution. Implants replace the missing tooth roots and can support a wide range of dental restorations, including crowns, bridges, and partial or full dentures. Dental implant surgery is an extensive process, however, and it may not be right for everyone.
For patients who either do not qualify for dental implants or those who wish to avoid surgery, Dr. Starr also offers dental bridges and dentures. A dental bridge is ideal for patients missing one to three consecutive teeth. The bridge is supported by crowns on the adjacent teeth, with artificial teeth filling in the gap. A partial denture is best for patients with missing teeth scattered throughout the mouth.
Find Out How We Can Give You a Gap-free Smile
If you want a full and beautiful smile you can feel confident about, contact our dental office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Starr.