The two front gapped teeth have always been considered a mark of beauty around the world. There are many famous people who have it and love to smile-Laurence Fishburne, Eddie Murphy, Anna Paquin, Seal e.t.c.
According to Inside Dentistry, the tooth gap has even a nickname in French “dents du Bonheur” which translates to “lucky teeth”. Then why would someone want to fix it?
Medically known as diastema, this condition refers to a space between the teeth anywhere in the oral cavity. Whilst some gaps are not noticeable, others require dental treatment.
And although the gap in the front teeth is considered alluring, some people who have this and have tried to embrace it, they still want to proceed with cosmetic surgery.
Why do people have this condition?
- The size of the jaw bone is bigger than a person’s teeth
- Bad habits that trigger this condition such as thumb sucking
- Possible incorrect swallowing reflexes
- Possible gum disease
How can diastema be treated?
- Orthodontic treatment- Braces, ORTHOCAPS
- Dental veneers and Bonding
- Dental crowns
- Dental implants
1. Orthodontic treatment
Doctors can recommend braces for gapped teeth, as they are a good choice and a common treatment for this. The space can be closed with orthodontic treatment that applies pressure and can move the denture in a slowly way. If the idea of classic braces doesn’t appeal to someone, our doctors have another solution for their patients: ORTHOCAPS. This transparent system, which is made of light synthetic material, applies little pressure on the teeth and must be worn for about 20 hours a day.
The invisible device can be easily removed when brushing the teeth or during the meals.
Braces fix many aesthetic problems and even severe cases, the only downside being that period of treatment is much longer than bonding or veneers.
2. Dental Veneers and Bonding
Dental veneers represent one of the most popular cosmetic procedures nowadays. They are placed over the surface of the natural tooth and attached with a laser or adhesive. Individuals who want to obtain a flawless smile, prefer this solution (EMAX veneers) as the results look natural and last longer. To get this treatment, the teeth alignment should be almost straight and the bite shouldn’t be in need of correcting.
Teeth bonding is the easiest option and it can be done in only one visit at the dental clinic. It consists of closing the gap with composite resin. Few hours after the resin had been applied to teeth, it dries and make them look good. Unlike veneers, bonding doesn’t require the removal of tooth’s enamel. It is a fast and cost-effective option that gives great results, but, unfortunately, not lasting ones and it is prone to staining.
3. Dental crowns
Dental crowns are very similar to dental veneers but they can usually fix more issues as they are shells that fit over a tooth. If patients are not eligible/candidates for veneers or bonding, then crowns would be a way of closing the gaps in the teeth. Crowns are very strong and durable, but in some cases they may appear oversized. Only a cosmetic dentist can decide which is the best type of restoration that a person needs.
4. Dental implants
When a gap is large enough or as wide as a tooth, this can lead to other dental problems: misalignment of teeth, gum infection, pain. If a tooth or several teeth are missing, dental implants will be necessary in this case.
Dental implants come with a lifetime warranty and can restore a person’s confidence. The ideal candidates are those who have sufficient bone mass and healthy gums. Implants are also the only procedure that actually preserves the natural bone and perfectly replace the function of a natural tooth.
Why should you consider dental treatment?
You may encounter speech problems or difficulty chewing.
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