Some say that imperfect teeth help form a person’s personality, but those people likely don’t have teeth that are misshapen or feature gaps. For people who actually have teeth with an awkward shape, or who have gaps between teeth, the simple act of smiling can be an embarrassing process. Luckily there are options to help give everyone a straight, white and gap-free grin right in the dentist’s office.
Solutions for these types of problems in the mouth fall under the category of cosmetic dentistry, and most dentists these days have obtained training to fix the issues with little trouble. The most common way to fix misshapen, gapped teeth is the application of porcelain veneers, or super thin porcelain shells that instantly form a new and pristine tooth surface. The process starts with the dentist taking painless x-rays and impressions of the patient’s mouth and teeth. A model impression of each tooth to receive a veneer will be made, and a special lab will form a veneer specifically to fit the patient’s individual teeth and fill any gaps present.
When the veneers are ready, the dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from every tooth’s surface, sometimes using a small amount of local anesthetic to numb the area if necessary. Every tooth will be cleaned and then roughed up to allow the veneers to form better bonds. Each veneer will be placed carefully onto the tooth, with the dentist making sure it fits appropriately before he or she applies a special “cement” to permanently attach the veneer to the tooth.
Other solutions for gaps in teeth are crowns, which are porcelain covers that are permanently bonded to teeth. This method works to cover chipped, broken and cracked teeth, but comes at a higher expense than porcelain veneers. For minor corrections in spacing, braces may be recommended. This device is worn for a pre-determined amount of time, with regular adjustments made by the dentist to tighten the wires or change invisible aligners to help move teeth into appropriate positions.
No matter which procedure is chosen, the outcome will likely boost the recipient’s self-esteem and confidence level – no more closed-mouth grins or refusal to smile. Look into cosmetic dentistry and then come out of your shell and let your beauty shine through.