Did you know the technical term for “gapped teeth” is a diastema? Gaps between teeth can occur anywhere in the mouth, but are usually most noticeable when visible in your smile. If you have a gap in your smile, you’re not alone! Many famous celebrities have been recognized for their distinctive smiles and gapped teeth, such as model Lauren Hutton, singer Madonna and Elton John, and even former late-night show host David Letterman. Gapped teeth are quite normal, but for our patients who are looking to close the gap for a more even smile, we have cosmetic dentistry solutions for you.
Your Skokie, IL family cosmetic dentist, Dr. Abraham Stein or Dr. Zachary Weiss, can help you create the smile of your dreams at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry. Our safe yet dramatic treatments can visibly straighten and brighten your smile, hiding imperfections or irregularities: our Smile Gallery shows real results that past patients have achieved through a combination of treatments from Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss. When you’re ready to close the gap in your smile, or are looking for other ways to improve the look and feel of your teeth and gums, schedule a cosmetic consultation with our team at (847) 676-3500.
Determining if Cosmetic Dentistry is Right For You
The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry offers a group of services referred to as cosmetic dentistry. These are all procedures that help to improve the aesthetics and appearance of your smile.
It’s important to note that not all patients may qualify for cosmetic solutions right away. Our first priority is always the health of your teeth and gums, so before any cosmetic procedures are performed, a thorough examination ensures that your teeth are in good health and require no restorative care. If we do detect tooth decay, periodontal disease, or another health issue, that will be treated and completely resolved before moving forward with cosmetic services.
The resin-like material that dentists use to for composite fillings during a cavity treatment is the same material used for cosmetic bonding treatment. The pliable material, once hardened, closely resembles the texture and appearance of your natural tooth. It covers a multitude of imperfections, and can cover, fill, or even replace areas of tooth that have suffered discoloration or damage. Your family cosmetic dentist can reduce or completely eliminate the gap between teeth by applying dental composite material.
The good news, is that dental bonding is a reversible treatment, and preserves your teeth’s enamel: only a thin layer is removed to prep teeth for the procedure. Bonding is also a relatively affordable cosmetic treatment that is usually completed in just one hour. However, for patients looking for a long-term solution, dental bonding may not be the best option: treatment can last for about 5 to 10 years before needing replacement. In addition, the porous composite material is more susceptible to staining than porcelain or even your teeth’s natural enamel.
Crafted from very thin pieces of medical-grade ceramic, veneers act as a type of cover for your front teeth visible in your smile. These custom-made coverings can camouflage a host of cosmetic issues—such as uneven spacing— in otherwise healthy, functional teeth. Veneers are considered a permanent treatment, since a rather significant amount of enamel must be removed from teeth in order to place the thin veneer, therefore lifelong maintenance is necessary. In addition, the cost of veneers is much higher than dental bonding because of its custom fit for your mouth, and its long-lasting results: veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years with proper dental hygiene and care.
Schedule Your Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation
We know that a smile is so much more than healthy teeth—your smile says a lot about you, and can affect your confidence and self-esteem. We are proud to offer a range of treatments that help you put your best smile forward, close the gap between teeth, and fall in love with the look of your teeth and gums. If you are interested in dental bonding or porcelain veneers treatment, contact our practice today for more information!