Some people love having a gap between their front teeth, and many even turn it into an iconic part of their image, like the musician Madonna or former boxer Mike Tyson. However, that doesn't mean that everyone wants a gap like that. If you have a gap between your teeth and you aren't happy with it, you don't have to undergo a long correction or adjustment process with braces to change your look. Read on to learn more about the quickest fix for a gap between teeth.
Who to See
Rather than going to an orthodontist, your best bet in this scenario is to go to a cosmetic dentist.
Cosmetic dentists have all the same training that standard general dentists do, and many take additional classes or have additional certifications on top of their standard education. Cosmetic dentists do standard repair and cleanings, but where they really shine is changing the appearance of a smile.
What to Get
The thing that will be fixing your smile is called a dental veneer.
Dental veneers are kind of like permanent makeup for your teeth. A thin sheet of porcelain is cut and shaped to look and feel like a real tooth, except that it isn't the full width of a tooth. This veneer can be laid over any existing tooth, hiding whatever's wrong with the original and making it appear white, symmetrical, and perfectly sized. They're also the perfect tool for fixing gaps between teeth.
What to Expect
If you want veneers specifically to have a gap fixed, here's what you can expect.
Your new dentist will sit down with you to discuss what it is you don't like about your smile. They'll then perform a physical exam to look for any underlying problems with your teeth that could prevent them from being able to put on veneers. If any issues are found, they will be treated before you get veneers.
From there, you and your dentist will choose the shape and size of veneers you get. Your dentist will have samples on-hand to demonstrate to you what your smile will look like once the veneers are on. You can determine how big your front teeth are. It's also a good time to consider whitening your surrounding teeth so that you can pick a super white pair of veneers that will match with your standard teeth.
Once you've made your selections, your dentist will order your custom-made veneers. You'll be brought back once they're ready, and all your dentist will have to do is clean your teeth and attach them with dental adhesive.
Dental veneers can cover up a gap in far less time than it takes to have your teeth's positioning adjusted with braces. If you're tired of seeing a big space between your teeth, it's time to consider veneers.