When you meet somebody new, one of the first things their eyes will be drawn to is your smile. It is unfortunate, then, that so few of us are born with perfect teeth. One can have many imperfections with their smile, including having a gap between the two front teeth. If you have been hiding your smile for far too long due to being embarrassed about having gapped teeth, it may be time to consider dental treatment options which can conceal this imperfection. Several options are made available through modern dentistry, including dental bonding and veneers. Patients in the Salt Lake City, Utah area visit Dr. David Cannon at Cannon Dental Dentistry when they are ready to improve their smiles. Both dental bonding and veneers are very popular options for concealing gaps in teeth, but which is best for you?
Dental bonding will be the most affordable and quickest choice made available to you for fixing your tooth gap. It is a painless procedure that requires just a single visit. The bonding treatment involves using composite resin (the same materials used for composite fillings), which is applied to the tooth and shaped in such a way as to close the gap while keeping your teeth looking natural. The resin, once shaped, is hardened using a special curing light before being polished to a smooth and beautiful appearance. Your smile will look completely natural and will be gap-free!
Porcelain veneers may be the better choice when your gap is too large for dental bonding to correct. Veneers are very thin porcelain shells custom-made for your teeth and applied to the front surface of your teeth. Veneers are incredibly customizable in shape, color, and size. This allows your dentist to fabricate them in such a fashion, so they close the gap seamlessly. A very thin layer of your tooth’s enamel will have to be shaved off before the veneer is applied, so it is a bit more invasive than dental bonding, which requires no tooth preparation.