Even with expert dental care and regular brushing, flossing, and check-ups, problems with your teeth and smile may occur. It’s just a fact of life that trips to your dentist may be necessary between those teeth-cleaning visits. Dental issues not caused by lackluster dental hygiene include a gap between teeth or poor spacing between teeth. Thankfully, there are a number of ways a Spokane cosmetic dentist can help those who are looking for ways for fixing gaps between teeth.
Causes of Gaps Between Teeth
There are numerous causes of gaps between teeth or poorly spaced teeth including:
Thumb sucking as a child
Shifting of teeth that occurs over time
An overgrown frenum, which is the tissue above your two front teeth
Gaps between teeth may not only negatively impact the beauty of your smile and your self-confidence; teeth that are too widely spaced can also affect your dental hygiene. Gaps between teeth allow food particles to fester which will lead to bacteria growth and eventually a buildup of plaque and tartar. Plaque and tartar can wreak havoc on the health of your teeth and gums and lead to a whole host of severe dental problems including tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontitis.
Teeth Gaps and TMJ
Fixing gaps between teeth is an integral part of our Spokane dentistry practice because gaps between teeth can lead to problems related to malocclusion (a misaligned bite). If you have heard of TMJ or TMD, you may know that a misaligned bite can lead to many symptoms including jaw pain, headaches, jaw clicking, ear pain, neck pain, and chronic pain headaches. The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the joint that connects your mandible (which is your lower jaw) to your skull. The TMJ allows your jaw to open and close; when the TMJ is affected by a misaligned bite, you will experience pain and may need to see a Spokane neuromuscular dentist.
How to Fix Gaps Between Teeth
Your Spokane, Washington cosmetic dentist has a number of tools and procedures to choose from to fix gaps between teeth. Each patient will have an individualized treatment plan based on their medical and dental history and the specifics of the dental issues they’re facing.
Dental crowns often referred to simply as “caps,” are probably the most common (and preferred) solution to fixing gaps between teeth. Dental crowns will restore a tooth to its optimal strength, size, shape, and overall appearance. Dental crowns are a popular choice for many different cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry issues, and they may be the best option for:
Fixing a tooth that is decaying or decayed
Fixing a filling that has failed over time
Protecting and strengthening a tooth that has had a root canal (endodontic procedure)
Supporting dental implants and dental bridges
Enlarging small teeth
When porcelain veneers are not the best option, a cosmetic dentist will often choose the dental crown to repair a damaged tooth or to fix gaps between teeth.
Porcelain veneers are a tool cosmetic dentists in Spokane use for fixing gaps between teeth. Porcelain veneers, also known as “dental veneers,” are very thin shells affixed to the outer surface of the tooth after a small amount of enamel is removed.
Porcelain veneers are a great choice to strengthen, whiten, and repair lightly damaged teeth or teeth that are poorly spaced. Your Spokane cosmetic dentist will place temporary veneers on your teeth while your permanent ones are custom-made in a dental laboratory.
During your second porcelain veneers appointment, the permanent veneers will be placed, and final touches will be made to provide you with the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of, and the self-confidence you may be missing.
Invisalign teeth aligners are also a great means of fixing gaps between teeth, and just like the name indicates, they are invisible teeth straighteners. They’re a much more aesthetically pleasing choice than traditional metal braces. Invisalign aligners gently shift your teeth using a progression of retainers. For many decades, metal braces were the only choice to fix gaps between teeth and straighten teeth. Now Spokane cosmetic dentists are able to offer their patients a much more pleasant way to straighten teeth and make their smiles more beautiful.
Fix Gaps Between Your Teeth in Spokane
If you live in Spokane, Washington, or a surrounding area and are looking for a cosmetic dentist skilled at fixing gaps between teeth, look no further than Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics, serving the Spokane area. We encourage you to fill out our online appointment form or to call us directly at (509) 532-1111 to schedule your new patient appointment today.