If you have dental issues such as gaps in your teeth then you may be looking for a solution that doesn't involve traditional braces. Luckily, there is a variety of options available. In this post, our Ontario dentists talk about the different ways you can fix gaps in your teeth without using braces.
If you are suffering from jawbone-related issues these can not only cause gaps in your teeth but can also lead to other more serious dental concerns. Here are some procedures you can consider if, for whatever reason, braces are not an option for you.
A dental implant is a titanium-based artificial tooth root surgically anchored to your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or tooth in place. The advantage of using implants is that they are not supported by neighbouring teeth. This enables a more permanent and stable solution to missing teeth. After inserting the titanium root into your bone, the tissue and bone will fuse and heal around the implant.
Dentures are made to replace teeth and gums that you are missing. They normally come in two varieties: full and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are placed in your mouth immediately after all of your teeth have been extracted. A partial denture is attached to your natural teeth with a clasp or other retaining device. Partial dentures can usually be taken out of your mouth.
If your teeth are naturally widely spaced, dental veneers might be an option to reduce the gaps. Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials that are used to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of your teeth and can alter their colour, shape, size, or length.
A crown can be used to restore the shape, appearance, and function of a tooth that has been damaged.
A crown typically strengthens your tooth structure after a root canal. Crowns can also be used to support large fillings, hold a bridge in place, or cover discoloured or deformed teeth. They are also used to cap dental implants.
Dental bonding is similar to porcelain veneers with the ability that they hold to alter the appearance and reduce the size of gaps in your teeth. Tooth bonding is a procedure in which your dentist repairs damage to one or more of your teeth using a tooth-coloured composite resin. It is usually a more cost-effective solution as it is normally less expensive than other cosmetic dental procedures like crowns and veneers.
Invisalign employs a series of aligners that are almost imperceptible to others. They are low profile when worn and easily removed, so you don't have to be afraid to smile while undergoing treatment. Invisalign is a 3D computer imaging technology that should be effective in straightening your smile.
Patients will be given a series of aligners, which could be as few as 12 or as many as 48. Each aligner must be worn for approximately two weeks. Throughout treatment, your teeth will gradually begin to move into the correct positions. Except when eating, brushing, or flossing, you must wear the aligners at all times.