A diastema is a larger-than-usual space between two teeth (also known as gapped teeth). Even when it doesn’t pose a threat to your oral health, its appearance can often diminish your confidence in your smile. Because it’s technically a spacing issue, many patients fear that closing the gap means realigning all of their teeth with orthodontic treatment, like braces. However, for many patients, closing a diastema can be as simple as a quick, conservative cosmetic touchup, making a more confident smile easier to achieve than they realized.
Cosmetic tooth bonding
In some cases, the reason for a diastema lies in the size or shape of one or more teeth, which can create a space that’s uneven to those around it. Correcting the tooth structure may be accomplished with tooth-colored composite resin, which your dentist customizes to match your heathy tooth structure and then bonds permanently to the tooth. Tooth bonding builds up the tooth structure so that it fits more uniformly with the rest of your smile.
A veneer is a thin wafer of highly lifelike dental porcelain, which your dentist designs to closely match the size, shape, color, and overall appearance of your tooth’s healthy front surface. For many patients with gaps in their teeth, veneers can be created to fill out the visible tooth structure and close the caps.
Porcelain dental crown
Sometimes, a tooth is significantly smaller than those around it, or has suffered damage to its structure that leaves a space between it and a neighboring tooth. To fix and strengthen the tooth, your dentist might recommend capping it with a custom-designed dental crown. A porcelain crown will be fashioned according to the specific measurements of all of your teeth to ensure that it fills the space between your nearby teeth fully and uniformly.
Customizable Options to Improve Your Smile
If you have gapped teeth or any other concerns with your smile’s appearance, then we can offer a number of customizable cosmetic solutions to improve it. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.