Do you have a gap between your front teeth? Some people with such a gap view it as a trademark of their smile, and they have no desire to close it. That is perfectly fine. Other people, however, are embarrassed by the space, and they wonder, “What are my options for closing a space between my teeth?” If you are among this latter group, the following information about Invisalign, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns may be of interest to you.
If the gap between your teeth is due to significant dental misalignment, your dentist is likely to recommend Invisalign as your best option. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to apply gentle pressure to the teeth. Gradually, the aligners move the teeth into their proper positions, effectively closing the gap. Many patients love Invisalign because it is very discreet, and unlike traditional braces, it does not come with any dietary restrictions.
The treatment timeline for Invisalign varies from patient to patient. If you are only using it to close a gap between the front teeth, it may only take a few months. However, if you have other orthodontic issues, your treatment may take significantly longer — but the end result will be well worth the wait!
Porcelain Veneers and Dental Crowns
In some cases, a gap between the front teeth is not due to significant dental misalignment. Rather, it may be there because the teeth are too small or they are just very slightly out of place. In such cases, porcelain veneers or dental crowns may be a better option than Invisalign.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made pieces of porcelain that your cosmetic dentist attaches to the fronts of the teeth. They can therefore reshape the teeth and close minor gaps. They are also useful for disguising other aesthetic flaws, like discoloration, chips in the teeth, and other issues that may detract from your smile’s aesthetic potential. Dental crowns can serve similar purposes. However, instead of just going on the fronts of teeth, they totally cover the entire portion of a tooth that is above the gumline.
Another perk of porcelain veneers and crowns is that these treatments usually require just two dental visits spaced out over a few weeks.
Comparing Your Options
The only way to determine whether Invisalign, veneers, or dental crowns will be the best way to close the gap between your teeth is to visit a qualified dentist. After they learn about your goals and examine your teeth, they will make a treatment recommendation. Hopefully, it will not be long before you have the gap-free smile you have always wanted.
Meet the Practice
Meriden Dental Group is proud to have three doctors on-staff, including an orthodontist. Their many years of combined training and experience equip them to offer a range of treatments, including Invisalign, traditional braces, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and more. If you would like to learn more about how they may be able to help you close the gap between your teeth, contact our team at 203-235-3539.