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What Are Good Solutions for a Tooth Gap?

I have a tooth gap. I know it’s not a huge deal and my teeth work fine, but it’s always embarrassed me. I finally have a job where there’s extra money at the end of the month. I hoped you could tell me what my options are to fixing it, then I could start saving up.

Meredith L. – Lexington, KY

Meredith,

First, never apologize for wanting to improve anything, whether it’s your mind, your relationships, or your smile. The first thing people notice about us is usually our smile or our eyes. Wanting to give the best first impression isn’t vain, it’s wise.

For a tooth gap, you have quite a few options. The first one is likely the most obvious. You can get orthodontics to close the gap. That used to mean a mouth full of metal for at least a year. Fortunately, this is 2017 and dentistry has taken massive leaps in technology. Many patients are candidates for Invisalign. This allows you to straighten your teeth in half the time that traditional braces normally require, with no one able to tell you’re wearing orthodontics. IF you’re not a candidate for Invisalign, then Fastbraces may work for you. This also works faster than traditional braces, but doesn’t have the invisibility of Invisalign.

Another option is dental bonding. It uses a composite resin and the dentist closes in the gap. It really doesn’t do much other than that.

If, however, there were other things you wanted to change about your smile, such as maybe the style, shape, size, or color then you might consider getting what’s known as a smile makeover. Porcelain veneers can completely remake the entire character of your smile. This requires an expert cosmetic dentist with experience and artistic eye, but when done well the results are stunning. This is a procedure you often see celebrities get.

Any of these will close your gap. Some of them cost more than others. I’d choose the dentist based on skill, not cost, especially with porcelain veneers. Procedures like Invisalign can be done by any dentist who does the procedure, but veneers are more skill necessary.

This blog is brought to you by Dr. Brad Hylan.

Can I just get dental implants instead of braces?

I have some crowding on one side of my mouth and the last thing I want to do is be a brace face. I saw a Clear Choice commercial and I was wondering if I can just get my teeth pulled and replaced with dental implants?

– Darrel in New Jersey

Darrel,

Although Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers may look appealing in their commercial, please think this plan through before taking any action.

Based on what you have described, it doesn’t really sound like you are dental implant candidate. There may be some alternative treatments that will work better for you. Most reputable dentists will do absolutely everything possible to preserve healthy tooth structure. So, having crooked teeth extracted because you don’t like braces doesn’t sound like a logical decision.

Although dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth, the process is quite invasive and the procedure is highly complex. It is difficult to say what other options are best for you without having that much information about your specific case, but you need to meet with a reputable implant dentist in addition to Clear Choice if you decide to get a consultation from them.

It is possible you may be able to get crowns, have only a tooth or two removed and have a successful bridge, or possibly a partial denture? Or maybe you it would be best to incorporate dental implants into your treatment plan. But please don’t pull healthy teeth. Once they are gone, there is not getting them back.

If crowding is the main issue here, it is possible Invisalign may work for you. Don’t make any rash decisions based on some bias about orthodontics. You need to make the best decision for your long-term oral health. It’s time to see a respected implant dentist and go from there.

This post is sponsored by Cleveland dentist Hylan Dental Care.