Closing the Gaps: Treatment Options for Gapped Teeth

May 21, 2016 @ 09:00 AM — by Lauren Shanard

A woman receiving a check-up after undergoing treatment for gapped teethSome people are perfectly content to have small gaps separating their teeth, feeling that it lends personality to their smiles - just try to imagine David Letterman or Madonna without their signature gaps. However, for others, such gaps can be sources for self-consciousness, not to mention possible threats to their oral health. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry offers numerous excellent solutions to gapped teeth, and the best of those treatment options for gapped teeth are available at the Williston, VT aesthetic dentistry practice of Lauren J. Shanard, D.D.S., Contemporary Dental Arts.

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile due to the presence of gaps between your teeth, then we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shanard at her state-of-the-art dental office. During this consultation, she can explain to you the options available for providing you with the stunningly natural-looking, gap-free smile you desire. You will have the peace of mind of knowing that Dr. Shanard customizes each treatment she provides to the unique needs and goals of the individual patient so that every result she produces is tailored to that patient’s smile. You will emerge from treatment with a smile that could only be yours, every bit as beautiful as you are.

How Does Dr. Shanard Treat Gapped Teeth?

There are several possible ways to close gaps between teeth; the method that is best suited to your case depends on the nature of the gap or gaps and your own personal preferences. Dr. Shanard will walk you through each of your options and help you to determine the treatment that is right for you.

The most popular treatment options for gapped teeth include:

  • Porcelain veneers: Dr. Shanard uses the finest porcelain available to custom-craft veneers for her patients, using her finely honed aesthetic eye to ensure that each veneer complements surrounding natural teeth in terms of its size, shape, color, and even texture. By adding width to teeth that are disproportionately narrow, Dr. Shanard can close small gaps, improving the appearance of the smile while simultaneously creating a stronger, sounder bite. Porcelain veneers also effectively conceal other aesthetic flaws that may be present in teeth, such as cracks, chips, and discoloration. Because porcelain mimics the light-reflecting properties of tooth enamel, veneers tend to look more natural than restorations made of other dental materials.
  • Dental bonding: While the composite resin used in a dental bonding procedure may not look quite as natural as porcelain, patients can still achieve outstanding results through dental bonding. In fact, dental bonding offers patients the opportunity to close small gaps between teeth less expensively than with veneers and without having to alter the natural structure of the teeth, which is a necessity with veneers.
  • Dental implants: For patients whose gaps between teeth can be attributed to missing teeth, Dr. Shanard offers dental implants. Dental implants are titanium posts that, when surgically embedded in the jaw, act as artificial tooth roots that provide unrivaled support for crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Learn More about Treatments for Gapped Teeth

To learn more about the available treatment options for gapped teeth, please contact Contemporary Dental Arts today.

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