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Gaps Between Teeth



Gaps Between Teeth

Many people experience gaps between two or more teeth in their mouth. This can be caused by a number of reasons. Fortunately, there are several different methods that you can use to cover up unsightly gaps and perfect your smile.

One of the most widely used ways to minimize gaps in teeth is through traditional braces. Braces can help to bring them closer together or back into line, thus eliminating gaps. Braces can take 1-2 years to close the spaces, however for more minor gaps; they may not be the best solution. For smaller gaps caused by teeth that are misshapen or slightly twisted, bonding or veneers can be a good solution.

Because it is unlikely that these smaller gaps could be solved with braces or surgical realignment, bonding and veneers can be used to change the overall contours of a tooth or several teeth and help it to match its neighboring teeth in a more uniform fashion. For veneers, the offending tooth will be shaven down in order to provide a surface that can be covered with porcelain that is specifically shaped to match surrounding teeth. Bonding works in a similar manner but uses a resin-based substance to help contour your teeth to the overall look of your mouth.