What causes a gap in your front teeth?
Several factors contribute to the occurrence of spacing between teeth. Orthodontic treatment, for instance, can be a catalyst for tooth gap problems. If you have a large or wide jaw, your teeth may have more room to move and shift, potentially resulting in gaps if braces are removed prematurely or if a retainer is not worn after completing braces treatment.
In addition, a discrepancy in the sizes of the jaw and teeth can lead to excess space within the jaw, causing the teeth to separate.
The treatment options for diastema, the term used to describe gaps between teeth, vary depending on each patient's situation. Diastema commonly manifests as an opening or space between the two front teeth.
Moreover, a prominent labial frenum—a strip of tissue extending from the inside of the upper lip to the gum above the upper front teeth—can create a gap between the front teeth, particularly when its size exceeds the average dimensions.
Correcting Teeth Spacing: A Comprehensive Solution
When Mr. A approached our practice seeking a solution for his tiny teeth and noticeable gaps in his upper front teeth, he wanted a radiant, gap-free smile.
To address his concerns, we presented two viable options—the first involved orthodontic treatment, wherein braces would be employed to minimize the gaps between his teeth.
Opting for braces before veneer attachment helps prevent the teeth from expanding excessively, effectively controlling the size of the gaps between them. Conversely, solely relying on dental veneers to close the space would require larger veneers, potentially resulting in disproportionate tooth sizes. It is important to note that while including braces increases treatment time and costs, it offers long-term benefits.
The second option involved the placement of eight veneers—an expedited and cost-effective alternative to braces. Through digital simulations and a comprehensive mockup, we engaged in a thorough discussion with the patient, ultimately guiding him toward his desired smile makeover without the need for braces.
To ensure his comfort and satisfaction, Mr. A wore quick/mockup veneers for two weeks, allowing him to acclimate to his new bite and evaluate the cosmetic and functional results. Before proceeding with the mockup, we gently lifted his gum tissue, lengthening his teeth to achieve optimal proportions.Once Mr. A confirmed his contentment with the mockup, we meticulously prepared all eight no-prep veneers. Given the small size of his teeth, the removal of tooth surface structure or enamel was minimal.
By minimizing the alteration of tooth structure, we prioritize the preservation of their natural strength and functionality. Consequently, we employed no-prep veneers or minimal-prep veneers, effectively safeguarding the integrity of the teeth. Within three weeks, we successfully closed the gaps in Mr. A's teeth, allowing him to showcase a brilliant smile.
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