I am way too old for braces, but I’m finally in a financial position where I can fix the gap between my two front teeth. Is there some kind of cosmetic solution that can fix this gap?
I can certainly give you cosmetic solutions for fixing your tooth gap. However, if you were still interested in closing the gap, you can do that without a mouth full of metal wires and brackets. Invisalign is the grown-ups version of braces.
These use clear aligners instead of metal. They’re truly invisible, even at a conversational distance. This allows you to straighten your teeth (or close your gap) without anyone realizing you’re using orthodontics.
You don’t have to go to an orthodontist to have this done, though. Most general dentists place Invisalign in their offices. This will save you the money of needing a specialist.
Cosmetic Dental Solutions for a Tooth Gap
- Dental Bonding
One solution is to have dental bonding done. This uses a composite resin and your dentist will freehand sculpting onto your teeth to close in the gap. This actually requires an advanced and artistic cosmetic dentist. You want it to blend in perfectly with your natural tooth structure, matching in color and translucency from top to bottom.
You don’t want your average family dentist to do this. You may want to find an AACD accredited dentist for this procedure. It doesn’t mean you have to switch dentists. You can go to your family dentist for your traditional dental needs and then go to the other dentist for any cosmetic work you might want.
- Porcelain Veneers
If you’re looking to change more than just your tooth gap, this is a total smile makeover solution. I wouldn’t suggest it if the only thing you want to change is the gap. It’s more for those who want a complete transformation. Veneers can change the shape, size, color, and character of your smile. But, like with dental bonding, you’ll want an expert cosmetic dentist. Make sure they have some form of a beautiful smile guarantee, so you won’t get a disappointing smile.
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