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Can a Dentist Fix My Tooth Gap?

I’ve always had perfect teeth but lately I’ve noticed a small gap between my front teeth. It’s not huge but totally bugs me. I want to get my perfect smile back. What can I do? I was thinking Invisible braces. Is that a decent option?

Kaylie

Dear Kaylie,

A woman smiling with gapped front teeth.
There are quick and easy fixes for a tooth gap.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to have your smile back. Especially if, like you, your smile was always perfect. Fortunately, there are several ways to fix this.

Invisible Braces

Your suggestion of invisible braces would totally work. While Invisalign is the most well-known brand, Dr. Potts prefers Clear Correct. They’re equally, if not more, effective and cost less for the patient.

They have an added benefit of being able to double as teeth whitening trays. This allows you to knock out two cosmetic procedures at once, saving you time and money, as well as providing patients with a mini-smile makeover.

If you needed your teeth whitened, this would be the method I’d suggest for dealing with your gapped teeth.

Dental Bonding

Tooth bonding uses a composite resin that the dentist will hand sculpt onto your teeth, closing the gap. This is actually the method I would recommend for you. It is ideal for patients like you, who otherwise have a gorgeous smile that needs no other work.

It’s biggest benefit is it can be done in just one appointment. It’s a super fast way to close your gap. The only real considerations are:

  • The results depend on the artistic skill of the dentist so make sure you check out examples of their work before committing.
  • Bonding will eventually need to be replaced after a number of years.

Porcelain Veneers

I only really recommend this for patients who have other things they want to change about their smile. I know that isn’t you, but I’m putting it here for the benefit of others who may be looking at the answer to your question but don’t have an ideal smile.

Veneers are a total smile makeover. The can change the color, size, and shape of your teeth, including closing small gaps all at once. Again, it’s not for you but many other patients can change their lives with them.

This blog is brought to you by Libertyville Dentist Dr. David Potts.

How Do You Know if a Dentist is Good?

I’m thinking about getting my teeth whitened and then getting porcelain veneers. How will I know if the dentist is good enough?

Ben

Dear Ben,

A dentist standing behind a woman smiling in a dental chair

You’ve asked a great question. Before I answer I want to make sure you know that porcelain veneers can whiten your teeth along with the rest of the smile makeover you’d want, such as changing the shape and size of your teeth. Most people just get them placed on their upper arch and then whiten their lower arch. So, you can only whiten those bottom teeth instead of both.

If you’re happy with the shape and size of your teeth, then you can just whiten both arches and save a ton of money. Otherwise, you want to get the veneers. Choosing your cosmetic dentist is one of the most important decisions you can make in your smile makeover.

Finding a Dentist to Do Your Smile Makeover

  • Look Through Their Case Brag Book

Every dentist who does smile makeovers has a brag book of sorts. It’s a collection of before and after pictures of cosmetic dentistry cases. Ask to see it. Also, ask them if the pictures are of work they did themselves. Some dentists, just starting out, will try to pass off stock photos because they don’t have any of their own yet.

  • Check Reviews

There are several sights online that allow patients to rate and comment on their experiences with their dentist, such as Yelp!, Google Reviews, and Rate My Doc. Go over these reviews to make sure the dentist’s work held up as well as their chairside manner being pleasant and polite. You don’t want to have to work with someone who’s unpleasant.

  • Make Sure they Stand Beside their Work

You want a dentist who is willing to back up their claims of giving you a gorgeous smile. Do you have recourse if you hate what they create? Look at Dr. Potts’ Beautiful Smile Guarantee to get an idea what you should expect.

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