You have a few different options for closing the gap between your front teeth. Keep in mind, unless the gap is so large it interferes with your ability to speak or eat, you don't necessarily have to close it. If you think it gives you unique character, then you may be happy with the way your smile looks. On the other hand, if you feel self-conscious, you should talk to your dentist about your options. These are some treatments that might help.
Sometimes, a gap in the front teeth is caused by a flap of tissue behind the upper lip. The tissue rests between the gap and keeps the teeth apart. If the tissue is removed when you're young enough, your teeth may go ahead and close the gap on their own as your mouth changes. If you wait to have the procedure when you're an adult, you may need to force the gap closed with braces. A frenectomy is a simple and quick surgery that can be done right in your dentist's office.
Even if the only problem with your teeth is the front gap, you'll probably need to wear a full set of braces. That's because your teeth need to stay in alignment as the gap is closed. Fortunately, there are braces suitable for adults that are practically invisible.
Some fit behind the teeth rather than in front, so they aren't very noticeable. Others are clear aligner trays that you can remove for important events and business meetings. Repositioning your teeth with braces usually takes several months. After that, you may need to wear a retainer at night when you sleep to keep your teeth from sliding back to their old position.
Veneers provide a quick solution to fixing a gap in your front teeth. A veneer is a shell that fits on top of your natural tooth. The dentist attaches one on each tooth, and since the veneers are made wider than your natural teeth, the gap disappears. Part of the enamel is removed from your teeth first, and then the veneers are bonded into place. The color is matched to your other teeth, and when the dentist is done, no one can tell the veneers are not your natural teeth.
The type of treatment you'll need to close the gap in your teeth will depend on the overall condition of your other teeth. If the gap is just one symptom of larger dental problems, your dentist may need to replace missing teeth first with implants or a bridge. Also, if your teeth are in great shape other than the gap in front, any dental work to fix the gap might be considered cosmetic and not covered by insurance. For that reason, you should discuss all the treatment options and methods of payment with your dentist, like those at Braces Inc., so you can make the best choice for improving your smile.