While a small gap seems like a minute problem, it can be a major issue for your self-confidence. You might try to hide your smile or not want to smile. However, you have options to correct the problem and smile again confidently. So let's discuss how to fix small gaps through tooth bonding.
Small gap fixing might be an option to correct an aesthetic issue with your teeth. It'll prevent you from covering your smile with your lips or only giving a partial smile. By fixing a small gap, you also reduce the space between those teeth where food particles can accumulate. Smaller gaps are more notorious for food accumulating and becoming trapped in between them than larger ones. As a result, a small gap puts you at risk for decay in either of those teeth and heightens your likelihood of gum disease. And even small gaps can affect speech. By correcting the gap, you can fix your speech as well .
One option you have for correcting small gaps is tooth bonding. Typically, this procedure is used by dentists for repairing cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged teeth. However, a dentist can also use it for correcting gaps. During this process, the dentist adheres material to the tooth to correct a problem or, in this case, fix a gap. The bonding consists of composite resin, which is a mix of dental grape quartz or glass and plastic. It's made to match the color of your natural teeth so it blends in and looks natural.
Overall, this method for how to fix small gaps is relatively quick and painless. When performed with no other treatments, such as fillings, you won't need any type of anesthesia. So you don't need to have anyone drive you home, nor do you need to refrain from taking any medications or fasting the night before your procedure.
Once you arrive at our office, our dentist will initiate the process by selecting a color for the resin to match your natural teeth. Then, our practitioner will prepare your tooth by roughing it up a bit. By roughening your tooth's surface, the bonding agent will better adhere to it. Then, our dentist will apply a bonding agent and the composite resin. Your dentist will finish by molding it to look like your real tooth and then will apply a UV light to speed the drying process.
At the conclusion of your treatment, you may return home, but for the life of your bonded tooth, you'll need to avoid chewing ice, hard candy, and other hard foods.
When you consider the alternative ways for small gap fixing, you'll see that bonding has its share of benefits for this problem.
To correct a small gap, it can take an average of six to nine months with braces. This is all time you have to watch what you eat and possibly feel self-conscious about braces.
This option is also less time-consuming. You can have the entire process completed in one 30-to-60-minute visit. Ultimately, the time it takes for dental bonding is less than getting braces, that'll require multiple visits. It's even less time-consuming than veneers and crowns, which can require multiple visits.
When you choose bonding, you don't have to wait for anything to be set to a lab and returned to our office. We have everything to perform the procedure right here.
Braces, veneers, and crowns can be costly. On average, the price for dental bonding is $1,000 or less for a single tooth.
The substance used in composite resin bonding is safe to use in the body. It's biocompatible and won't cause any ill effects. Because we don't have to change your natural tooth, this process doesn't damage your tooth at all.
At Taylorview Dental, we offer a number of cosmetic procedures to help with small gaps. As one of the options for how to fix small gaps, dental bonding allows you to correct the problem easily, relatively inexpensively, and safely. While it's not for every gap, it might be the ideal solution to fix yours.
If you're interested in small gap fixing between your front teeth, contact us today for a consultation. We can find the best course of action, which might be bonding. Call us at 208-522-4491, or use our online contact form.