Closing a Gap ~ I have a gap between my front teeth

This question came from Alex.  I am not sure if he hates the gap between his teeth or just loves having dental procedures.

Maybe it's a little of both.

Alex asks...

"I have a gap between my front teeth and wondered how it could be closed.

I would love to have surgery again after an amazing experience before and will have anything done as I love having the dentist fiddling around in my mouth."

My reply...

Hi Alex, Your note made me laugh:) I'm glad there are a few who like to have their teeth fiddled with! You are in the minority.


About your gap, it probably would depend what is causing it. It may need orthodontic treatment to close the space. 

smile with gap

Keep in mind that some gaps are flattering and make your smile unique. Once you fix it, you won't look the same.  Gaps that are not too big make a smile look natural.

If you are sure you want it fixed, a good place to start is your dentist. Since it is not urgent, ask at your next check up. Your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist.

If the gap is small and your teeth are not too big, your dentist could probably bond the teeth to close the gap. This would be faster, less expensive and less complicated than braces or invisalign.

But if the gap is too big or your teeth are already on the large side, bonding will make them look huge.

Veneers are another option but are more involved and more expensive than bonding. 

Dentists get to use their artistic side when working on front teeth. They are great at evaluating symmetry and balance. Some are better than others, so be sure to ask for pics of their work before you let them mess with your smile. 

You didn't mention your age but when you are considering cosmetic dental treatment such as bonding or veneers it is important to remember that it may eventually have to be replaced.  

If you take really good care of your teeth dental work can last 20-30 years or longer but it is not unusual for dental work to eventually need to be replaced.

If you are in your 20's it is less likely your dental work will last your lifetime.

I'm not sure if your gap would need surgery, but you can always hope :))

Good luck,
~Shelly

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