Fix spacing in teeth

There are several treatments for gaps between teeth, and modifying them can bring aesthetic and health benefits to your smile. In addition to orthodontics, cosmetic treatments such as composite resins, porcelain veneers, and crowns can correct tooth gaps.

Smile Makeover

What causes a gap in your front teeth?

There are several reasons why spacing in teeth occurs. Teeth gap problems can occur during orthodontic treatment. For example, if your jaw is large or wide, your teeth may have more space to move and shift, and you may develop gaps if you remove the brace early or do not wear a retainer after treating the braces.

If there is a proportions mismatch between the jaw and tooth sizes, there may be extra space in the jaw to separate the teeth.

Diastema treatment options vary from patient to patient. Diastema is an opening or space between the teeth, often noticeable between the two front teeth.

If your tissue called labial frenum extends from the inside of the upper lip to the gum above the upper front teeth and is more significant than average, it can cause a gap between the front teeth.

How to fix spacing in teeth

Mr. A came to us because he had small teeth and spaces in the upper front teeth. He always wanted a whiter, fuller smile without gaps and openings between his teeth.

We offered two options. One was to do braces, close the gaps as much as possible, attach veneers, or lengthen and straighten teeth without braces using porcelain veneers. Either option requires the attachment of dental veneers.

Having braces before attaching veneers prevents the teeth from spreading wide and contains the space between the teeth from becoming too large. And if we try to close the gap only with dental veneers, the veneer size needs to be more significant, leading to disproportionate teeth size. However, The downside is that braces' costs will increase, and the treatment time will be lengthy.

The other option was to attach eight veneers, a quicker and less expensive option than wearing braces. With the digital simulation and the mockup, we discussed which option the patient would prefer, and he decided to proceed with his smile makeover without the braces.

Since the patient needed to get used to a new bite, Mr. A wore the temporary/mockup for two weeks to ensure he liked the cosmetic results and function. Before trying the mockup, we lifted his gums slightly to make all his teeth longer and get optimal proportions.

We prepared all eight no-prep veneers when he was happy with the mockup results. Because all his teeth were small, we didn't have to remove much of his tooth surface structure or enamel.

Avoiding excessive removal of tooth structure is excellent for maintaining the strength and function of the natural form. Therefore, no-prep veneers or minimum prep veneers could be used to preserve the teeth' structure.

Three weeks later, we filled the gap in his teeth, and he is now smiling brilliantly.

Dr. Shimizu always takes time to achieve aesthetic and functional results.