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Common Dental Issues We Fix:

Gaps In Teeth:

Gaps in teeth, or diastema, can be fixed by teeth bonding, while Invisalign® invisible braces may also be able to help. Usually found between the two front teeth, your Waterville dentist has multiple options to close the gap.

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How Can I Fix The Gap In My Teeth?

While gaps between teeth can happen anywhere in the mouth, it’s often the space between the front two teeth that bothers people the most about their own smile.

Also known as diastema, gaps between the teeth affect up to one out of every four Americans according to the American Dental Association (ADA). While this usually doesn’t affect the function of your bite, it is up front and center cosmetically.

The good news is that here at Waterville Family Dentistry, we have multiple treatments to help you close that gap, including teeth bonding and the use of Invisalign® invisible braces.

Gap between your front teeth bothering you? For a while? We can help!

What Is Teeth Bonding?

Like regular dental bonding, teeth bonding uses a composite resin customized to fit the color of your natural teeth. The dentist will form and fit the resin in the space between the teeth to fill in the space appropriately. The end product is a very natural feel.

Porcelain veneers are also an option when it comes to closing the gap between two teeth. These are more durable than composite resin often used in teeth bonding. 

Things To Know About Teeth Bonding:

  • Consider your personal habits. Smoking and drinking coffee, or red wine, will stain the composite resin over time. The teeth bonding material is very porous and susceptible to staining.
  • Once you go through teeth bonding, dental hygiene becomes even more important. Use a good whitening toothpaste when you brush and stay on top of your daily dental hygiene routine.
  • The materials used in teeth bonding are less robust than your natural teeth. Since this procedure treats the front teeth, if you chew fingernails or anything besides food, the bonding material may chip.
  • Teeth bonding by your Waterville family dentist will last for years, and we’ll keep an eye on it at your regular six month checkups.
  • Gap teeth can help lead to tooth decay by trapping food, which can lead to tooth pain and gum disease.

How Long Does Teeth Bonding Take?

Not long! Most teeth bonding procedures can be completed in one visit to Waterville Family Dentistry. The first step is to ensure the bonding material matches the color of your natural teeth.

Next, the teeth are prepared for the bonding material, which is then applied. It’s a very moldable material, which means the dentist is able to sculpt it until it matches surrounding teeth in shape and color.

Am I A Good Candidate For Teeth Bonding?

Teeth bonding to fill gaps in teeth is a dental issue to which people have very different reactions. Some love their gaps in teeth. Some celebrities have even made careers as gaps in teeth became part of their personae (David Letterman, for instance).

So, whether you want to close the gap is really up to each individual. One thing we can tell you: Set up an appointment and have a conversation with our entire team of dental health professionals to find out whether closing teeth gaps with teeth bonding is for you!

Your first visit won’t be your last.

We look forward to having you join our family here at Waterville Family Dentistry!