You have gaps in between your teeth that make you cringe every time you look in the mirror. They make you feel like your smile is awkward, so now you’re in the habit of covering your mouth when you laugh. Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of that habit by perfecting your smile. Your cosmetic dentist in Houston offers 3 ways to fix the gaps between your teeth. Read more to find out what they are.
1. Porcelain Veneers
If you’re looking for a complete smile makeover, porcelain veneers are a great opportunity. These wafer-thin restorations are attached the front surfaces of your teeth to conceal not only gaps, but other flaws like:
Chips Cracks StainsSlight misalignments
To make room for the veneers to lay flush against your teeth, your dentist in Houston will first remove a small portion of your enamel. Then he or she will take impressions of your prepared teeth and send them off to a lab while you wear temporary veneers to get used to the way they feel. Return to the office a couple weeks later and your smile will be instantly transformed with your permanent veneers.
While porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic option, there is one major disadvantage to them – your dentist has to remove some of your natural tooth enamel. This means that in order to protect your teeth from extreme sensitivity, you’d essentially have to wear traditional veneers for the rest of your life. If you’d like to have the option to return to your natural smile someday, you may benefit from Lumineers. These alternatives to porcelain veneers are much thinner, about the thickness of a contact lens. It can be placed without permanently altering your smile.
3. Direct Bonding
Maybe you want several teeth to be beautified, but you’re not sure about investing in either kind of veneers. There’s a quicker and less invasive procedure – dental bonding. Also known as direct bonding, this procedure can fix multiple flaws in your smile at once, much like veneers. However, it can usually be done without removing any natural tooth structure. Your dentist will apply a composite resin material and use it to sculpt your teeth into the desired shape. Then he or she will harden the material with a special light, and voila! Your smile flaws have been corrected!
If you have unsightly gaps between your teeth, there’s no need to worry anymore. Your dentist has many options to solve those problems.
About the Author
Dr. Chad Stapleton is a graduate of the University of Texas’ dental school and has achieved a Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry. In addition, he is a member of several other organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. He provides porcelain veneers, Lumineers, and direct bonding services to correct any smile flaws you may have. To learn more, contact him here or by calling (713) 706-4077.