Gap Closure

Gap Closure with Composite Bonding

Dental bonding on the anterior or front teeth is an excellent method for repairing minor imperfections such as chips and stains. It can also be used to fill gaps between the teeth called diastemas. Although no cosmetic dentistry procedure can take the place of good oral and periodontal hygiene, dental bonding can brighten your smile quickly and easily.
What are the most common benefits of this procedure?

In dental bonding, a composite resin material is applied to the tooth and then sculpted and shaped to cover damaged areas or to fill in gaps. This material comes in several shades so it can be matched to the natural color of your tooth. Bonding usually requires only one visit, so it is less time-consuming and less expensive than other tooth restoration methods.

If you’re considering dental bonding, the following information will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. For more detailed information about how this procedure will help you, we recommend that you consult a cosmetic dentist with experience in the dental bonding.

Except in complicated cases, bonding can be accomplished in one visit. The length of the visit will depend on the condition of your teeth and on how much repair work you are having done.

For several weeks after the procedure, you may experience some sensitivity in the treated tooth, but this should diminish with time.

To maintain the results achieved by this procedure, it is important to practice good oral hygiene. Follow these steps to care for your teeth after bonding:

  • Keep your teeth clean by brushing and flossing regularly.
  • Schedule regular professional cleanings by your dentist or dental hygienist.
  • Use gentle toothpastes that are safe for bonded teeth. Ask your dentist for recommendations.
  • Slice hard foods like apples and carrots before eating them.
  • Avoid chewing on hard objects like fingernails, pencils, or paperclips.


Gap Closure with Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers and crowns can often be used as an alternative to orthodontics in order to close spaces between teeth. Veneers and crowns are especially appropriate if, in addition to being spaced, the teeth are discoloured or poorly shaped. Cases involving large gap closures require significant dental expertise in order to close the spaces without making the teeth look abnormally wide. They provide a more permanent solution in diastema (Gaps in teeth) cases as they do not stain that easily.