Even an otherwise perfect smile can be marred by spaces between the teeth. Sometimes spaces should be treated with orthodontics to move the teeth into the proper place. In other cases, however, the spaces can be filled with cosmetic dentistry treatments. Our cosmetic dentist can help you determine the best type of treatment to correct the gaps between your teeth. This treatment could involve dental bonding.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding uses special composite materials as a restorative to fill areas where decay has been removed, reduce or eliminate gaps between the teeth, correct the shape of asymmetrical teeth, or replace bits of the tooth that are chipped or broken. It is also sometimes used to correct severely discolored tooth surfaces. Unlike dental crowns or veneers, bonding does not require off-site manufacture of a restoration. [pullquote]Dental bonding uses special composite materials as a restorative to fill areas where decay has been removed, reduce or eliminate gaps between the teeth, correct the shape of asymmetrical teeth, or replace bits of the tooth that are chipped or broken.[/pullquote]
The surface of the tooth is first treated so the composite resin will adhere to it. This preparation involves roughening the tooth surface slightly, and is not highly invasive. The composite is applied directly to the tooth in layers. Each layer is cured with a special light that hardens the material so it can stand up to normal chewing and biting pressures. After it has hardened, the cosmetic dentist shapes it to match the contours of your other teeth and to ensure your bite remains comfortable and normal. The resin is color matched to your teeth so, after the treatment is complete, you will have a natural, perfect smile.
When is Orthodontic Treatment Necessary?
Your cosmetic dentist might decide that fixing the gaps between your teeth will be better managed with orthodontic treatment. This might be a possibility if any of the following conditions exist:
- You suffer from malocclusion, or a misaligned bite
- The gaps between your teeth are very wide
- You have other issues with your teeth, such as crowding
If orthodontic treatment is required, traditional braces or Invisalign might be recommended. The best way to determine the approach that will give you ideal results is to consult with our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Nicholas Kemp, serving the Toronto ON area. Call our office at 416-922-1012 to learn more.