Fix gap in teethHow to fix a gap in front teeth without braces
We call this spacing issue or gap teeth when you have extra space between two or more of your teeth. Diastema (a gap or space between the teeth) is common for children and adults teeth. An imbalance in the relationship between the jaw and the teeth' size causes Diastema. If a tooth is missing or too small, adjacent teeth will move to fill one gap, creating a new space.
Gap teeth can create pockets between the teeth and gums where food gets clogged; Teeth gaps tend to trap food particles. In addition, the openings expose the soft area and even lead to periodontal disease. Fortunately, the tooth gaps don't have to be permanent.
There are several treatments for tooth gaps, and modifying them can bring aesthetic and health benefits to your smile. In addition to orthodontics, cosmetic treatments such as composite resins, porcelain veneers, and crowns can correct tooth gaps.
The orthodontic treatment process sometimes ends up creating gap problems. For example, if your jaw is small when straightening teeth in the orthodox process, gaps may result if you get your braces removed too early or do not wear your retainer after treatment with braces. Diastema treatment options vary from patient to patient. Generally, we treat with orthodontics or composite fillings or a combination of veneers or crowns.
Mr. A came to us because he had small teeth and spaces in the upper front teeth. He always wanted to have a whiter, fuller smile without gaps and openings between his teeth. We offered two options. One was to do braces, close the gaps as much as possible, attach veneers, or lengthen and straighten teeth without braces using porcelain veneers. Either option requires the attachment of dental veneers.
Having braces before attaching veneers prevents the teeth from spreading wide and contains the space between the teeth from becoming too large. And if we try to close the gap only with dental veneers, the veneer size needs to be more significant, leading to disproportionate teeth size.
The downside is, with braces, the cost will go up, and the treatment time gets lengthy. The typical time of treatment with braces takes about two years.
With the digital simulation and the mockup, we discussed which option the patient would prefer, and the patient decided to proceed with his smile makeover without the braces. The second option was to attach eight veneers, a quicker and less expensive option than wearing braces.
Since the patient needed to get used to a new bite, Mr. A wore the temporary/mockup for a couple of weeks to make sure he liked the cosmetic results and function. Before trying the mockup, we lifted his gums slightly to make all his teeth a little longer and get optimal teeth proportions.
When he was happy with the mockup results, We started to prepare all eight no-prep veneers. Since all his teeth were small, we didn't have to remove much of his tooth structure (enamel). However, not removing too much tooth structure is excellent for maintaining natural structural strength and functions. Therefore, we were able to use no-prep veneers or minimum prep veneers to save the tooth structure.
Three weeks later, we filled the gap in his teeth, and he is now smiling brilliantly.
Dr. Shimizu always takes time to achieve the aesthetic and functional results.
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