Dental team in Houston explains a permanent option for closing a gap between the teeth
A gap between your teeth can be embarrassing and cause you to shy away from smiling. This is no way to live. The team at Vivid Dental in Houston can provide many solutions to enhance the beauty of the smile. Many patients will ask about a permanent option for closing gaps between their teeth. It depends on the size of the gaps and reason for them.
The size of the gap
Some patients have minor gaps between their teeth they wish to have closed. For minor gaps, we provide Lumineers and porcelain veneers. Lumineers do not require tooth preparation and are as thin as contact lenses. Porcelain veneers are wafer thin shells that require minimal tooth preparation. Either restoration can be ideal for closing gaps between the teeth. Lumineers are ideal for those who want to enhance the smile without an irreversible dental treatment. Porcelain veneers are permanent solutions that can last a decade or more when properly maintained.
The cause of the gap
Congenital absence, trauma, and periodontal disease can cause tooth loss. When a gap is from a missing tooth or several teeth, we may recommend other permanent solutions. Treatments for tooth loss include dental bridges and dentures. Dental bridges contain artificial teeth to replace missing teeth. The artificial teeth are nestled between two dental crowns that are placed on teeth adjacent of the gap. The crowns are used to anchor the dental bridges. With good oral hygiene habits, dental bridges can last a decade or more.
Dentures can restore partial to complete tooth loss. A partial denture is used when the natural teeth are healthy and still intact. We take impressions of the dental arches, which are used to fabricate customized dentures. Partial dentures can be secured by comfortable, strong clasps. Dentures can last a decade or more with proper care and maintenance.
Closing the gap
Regardless of the size and cause of the gap, the Vivid Dental team has the expertise to restore health, beauty, and function to your smile. We understand gapped teeth as well as tooth loss can make people feel insecure about smiling. The ideal dental treatment can renew confidence and boost self-esteem. We love transforming the smiles of our patients. We would be happy to help you attain the smile of your dreams. To schedule a consultation with our dentist, call our team at (281) 809 4902 today.
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