Spaces and Gaps Between Teeth
Gappy teeth can be frustrating. We are here to help.
Apart from being of cosmetic concern, wide gaps between teeth can cause issues with food trapping, increasing your risk of tooth decay (cavitied), gum problems, and functional bite issues. Often there can be a large central gap, called a diastema, which divides the smile.
Gapping is caused by a disproportion in the between the size of the teeth and the jaw. Treatment involves closing the spaces, either by moving the teeth closer together, or by building out the teeth to allow them to better fill the existing space.
There are many ways to treat spaces and gaps between teeth because every case is unique! We always begin by carefully analysing your smile and discussing your goals to create a personalised plan. This includes a 3D smile design with photos and videos to help you picture the final result before deciding on the best option for yourself. From there, treatment may involve:
- Invisalign – If you are happy with the size, shape, and colour of your teeth, then Invisalign is the best way to close the gaps without having to live with the “metal” look of traditional braces. This involves a series of clear trays made with 3D technology to guide your teeth into their new position.
- Porcelain (Ceramic) Veneers – Using thin and ultra-strong porcelain shells which bond directly over your teeth, we are able to make them larger, filling in all the spaces while also improving their colour and shape.
Does it hurt?
At Studio Smiles we take pride in our emphasis on pain-free dentistry.
During Invisalign treatment there may be a feeling of pressure and tightness when changing aligners every two weeks, however this is generally very mild and temporary.
With Porcelain (Ceramic) Veneers we use the latest techniques and technologies to keep you as comfortable as possible. For those fearful of treatment, we offer oral conscious sedation and IV sedation too – which means you can wake up to the smile of your dreams without feeling a thing!
How long will it take?
- Invisalign – The duration of treatment depends on the amount of tooth movement required, though generally the teeth are straightened in 6 to 12 months.
- Porcelain (Ceramic) Veneers – The result is straight teeth in 2-4 weeks.