When patients meet with Dr. Lisbeth Bradley, they can rest assured that they are meeting with one of the finest dentists in the Nashville area. She offers advanced cosmetic dentistry and smile makeovers as well as the latest in restorative dental care to combat tooth decay and gum disease.
We've noticed a number of patients asking us about treating tooth gaps and what can be done. Let's go over the problems associated with gapped teeth and then consider some treatments for these kinds of spacing issues.
How Tooth Gaps Can Affect the Look of Your Smile
If you have any gaps between your teeth, it can throw off the balance and general appearance of your smile. A prominent gap or series of prominent gaps can make you feel self-conscious about laughing, smiling, or speaking, even around people that you have known for years.
How Tooth Gaps Can Lead to Dental Health Problems
Tooth gaps can also contribute to a number of serious dental health problems, the most serious of which is malocclusion. When the teeth are improperly aligned, it can lead to teeth grinding (bruxism), TMJ disorders, and soreness when biting and chewing.
Given the aesthetic and health issues associated with tooth gaps, it's a good thing that dentists have so many ways of dealing with these problems.
Dental Bonding Can Treat Very Minor Gaps
If you have very minor spaces between your teeth, it's possible to have these problems treated using dental bonding. Also known as tooth bonding, dental bonding involves the use of special tooth-colored resin that's painted onto the surface of the teeth. This resin blends in with the tooth structure while building outwards, making your teeth look pristine and perfectly spaced.
Porcelain Veneers Are Ideal for Cosmetic Spacing Issues
For more serious aesthetic gaps, it may be a better option to use porcelain veneers. Also known as dental veneers, porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are placed onto the front portions of the teeth. When in place, porcelain veneers conceal flaws from view, making your smile look perfect.
In addition to addressing tooth gaps, porcelain veneers are also a great cosmetic dentistry option for treating chipped teeth, cracked teeth, crooked teeth, and stained teeth. An entire smile makeover can be achieved simply by placing a few porcelain veneers.
Dental Crowns Are Ideal for Major Tooth Size/Shape Problems
When serious tooth gaps are the result of small teeth, an ideal option to consider is the use of a dental crown. Dental crowns are caps that fit over a tooth. After prepping a small tooth, a dental crown can be used to cap it and improve the overall size of the tooth and enhance the symmetry of the smile.
Orthodontics Is Best for Major Dental Misalignment
In many cases, the ideal option for fixing major tooth gaps and improving overall dental alignment is orthodontic care. This may mean the use of braces or a viable braces alternative. The gradual application of controlled pressure and tension will help alter the alignment of teeth along the dental arch, improving dental health and smile aesthetics in the process.
Learn More About Treatments for Tooth Gaps
For more information about treating tooth gaps, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Lisbeth Bradley and the entire team at the practice look forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in greater detail.