Poor spacing can compromise the appearance of the smile, leaving gaps of space between some teeth. Gapped teeth most commonly affect the top, center teeth, and can be seen when a person is laughing, talking, or even eating. Patients who are concerned with the appearance of gapped teeth should consider cosmetic dentistry treatment. Cosmetic dentistry treatments conceal imperfections to enhance the aesthetics of the smile. At his cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Dennis G. Sternberg offers treatment for gapped teeth that allows his Freehold, NJ patients to achieve a uniform and beautiful smile.
Tooth bonding, or cosmetic dental bonding, is one of the most common treatments for gapped teeth. Many patients opt to treat gapped teeth with dental bonding because it is an affordable dental treatment that does not permanently alter the teeth. During this procedure, Dr. Sternberg buffs the teeth (a rougher surface makes it easier for the compound to stick) before applying a tooth-colored dental compound. This bonding material has multiple uses. It can conceal dental stains, improve the shape or size of the teeth, repair chips or fractures, or fill in the space between gapped teeth.
When gapped teeth are being treated, the dental compound will be applied to the two teeth adjacent to the gap. The bonding material will be shaped in such a way that it adds width to these two teeth and fills in the gap of space between them. Dr. Sternberg is able to shape the compound so that the two teeth look completely natural. Although dental bonding will wear down over time, patients can expect to benefit from the results of dental bonding treatment for several years. With proper care, tooth bonding results should last a minimum of five years.
Another option for gapped teeth is porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are more expensive than tooth bonding; however, they are longer lasting and more durable. Porcelain veneers require that a very thin layer of enamel be removed from the teeth. Because of this alteration, porcelain veneers are considered an irreversible treatment.
Porcelain veneers are an ideal treatment option for patients who have a number of cosmetic flaws to address. Veneers can improve the color of the teeth, hide surface stains, treat chips and cracks, address minor misalignment problems, and fill in gaps. Following porcelain veneers treatment, patients can enjoy an attractive, blemish-free smile for many years to come.
The porcelain veneers treatment process typically takes two dental appointments to complete. During the first, we will remove a small amount of enamel, take impressions of the teeth, and apply temporary veneers. When the custom veneers are ready, you will return to our office so the veneers can be cemented to your teeth.
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Gapped teeth can compromise an otherwise attractive smile. Fortunately, there are cosmetic treatments that can conceal gapped teeth and allow patients to enjoy the full beauty of their smile. If you would like to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry treatments offered by Dr. Dennis G. Sternberg, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.