Cosmetic dentistry to handle your uneven smile
Posted by AMAYA DENTAL on Apr 28 2021, 10:55 AM
Malocclusion is one of the most common oral conditions found in individuals of all ages. Various types of malocclusion could ruin a person’s smile and affect the functionality of the mouth. One such issue is “spacing,” where the teeth are too far apart from each other, leaving displeasing gaps in between. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry offers a few treatment options to get rid of these gaps.
What Causes Spacing?
Spacing often results from a wide dental arch. This creates a lot of gaps on the dental ridges, making teeth appear to be spaced far apart. The loss of teeth could also cause the spacing. Whenever a tooth is extracted, the remaining teeth could drift from their positions and move towards the gap left by the missing tooth. This gradually gives rise to gaps between adjacent teeth.
How Can These Gaps Be Treated?
Embarrassed or feeling too conscious of your oral appearance every time you smile or talk to people? Here are cosmetic dentistry options available to you:
- Dental crowns:Crowns are, perhaps, the most versatile oral restorations out there. They can be used to treat various oral conditions, including spacing. Crowns are cap-like structures that cover the entire surface of a tooth, thereby helping to correct surface imperfections. During the procedure, a thin layer of enamel would be removed from around the teeth. Then, a digital mold of the teeth would be made and the data sent to a dental laboratory where the crowns would be fabricated. By bonding the crowns to the teeth, the gaps would be narrowed and give the patient a perfect smile.
- Dental veneers: Veneers are thin porcelain structures that are used for various cosmetic and restorative purposes. The procedure involved is similar to that for crowns, except that there is less material removed from the tooth in the case of veneers. The ceramic, wafer-like structure would be bonded to the frontal surface of the tooth using dental adhesives. The gap between adjacent teeth could be narrowed using this procedure.
- Bonding: Bonding is the process of applying a composite resin on the surface of the teeth to change their contours and to remove surface imperfections such as cracks and chips. The teeth would be etched or roughened using an etching solution so that the restoration can grip the teeth better. The color, texture, and translucency of the bonding material would be matched with that of the teeth and applied near the gaps in multiple layers. It would be shaped and hardened using a curing light.
- Orthodontics: Among the cosmetic dentistry options, orthodontics is the best way to treat a malocclusion. Orthodontic appliances such as metal braces, clear braces, Damon braces, and Invisalign could be used to move the misaligned teeth to their desired positions — closer together with minimal gaps.
Please reach out to Amaya Dental to schedule a consultation with our dentist, and we’ll guide you further. Please call us at (305) 264-2711 or reach us through online consultation.