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How can I close the gap between my frontal teeth?

I have a gap of about 2mm between my front two teeth. I have been using braces for close to 2 years and I am 21 years old. Is there any alternative to permanently filling up this gap as the braces seems to be a more inconvenient option.

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Oftentimes a situation like that can be remedied permanently with porcelain veneers.
Orthodontics are one option to close the gap, alternative cosmetic options include Porcelain Veneers or Composite buildups. Talk to a cosmetic dentist about your options.
There are many alternatives in today’s dentistry from temporary solutions to the more permanent ones. You should look into a well trained cosmetic dentist that has experience in this area and that can communicate with you as to what will be best for you at this time.
Gaps can be closed by doing Veneers, Crowns, or Bonding to the teeth. Depending on the health of the existing teeth any of the 3 mentioned procedures can be done. Veneers and crowns are made of porcelain and permanently fixed to the tooth with dental cement and these do not stain. Bonding is tooth colored filling material that is bonded on the teeth and can stain over time.
If you have braces, the orthodontist should be able to close the gap.
A front tooth gap, or diastema, can also be closed by bonding of a composite resin material to the side of each tooth. A larger gap can be closed by ceramic veneers.
If you want to close the gap between your frontal teeth, there are different ways to fix the gaps in the teeth including dental bonding, teeth gap bands, crowns, implants, veneers, dentures, retainers other than dental braces. Among all, I would prefer dental bonding. The dental bonding is a suitable option for the gaps that are a bit larger or when a person wants a quick fix to the frontal teeth. A special tooth-colored resin is applied to the tooth and then hardened using a special light. This bonds the resin to the tooth either to restore it or to improve the appearance of the tooth.
You have a significant gap that is best restored with braces. Other options do exist but some may require unnecessary removal of tooth structure or the final outcome will not be as nice as braces. I would recommend the use of braces as the final result would be best that way.
Braces are usually the best way. Sometimes a filling can be added on each tooth, but a person/dentist will need to look at the aesthetics of the proportions of the tooth at that point. The teeth may look too wide if trying to close too big of a gap. Sometimes, one can get multiple crowns/veneers on the front teeth to fill the gap and maintain some proportions, but that is spendy financially for a small gap and to do to health teeth. If you can, finish with braces/clear tray liners and then maintain it with a retainer.
Hi there,

Porcelain veneers are usually good options to fill in minor gaps less than
2mm wide between front teeth. But if there is still a 2mm gap between the
front teeth after two years of braces, porcelain veneers may not be an
option for you. A cosmetic evaluation will need to be performed first, and
during the process the space and sizes of all front teeth should be
measured. Please let me know if you have other questions.

Dr. Kathleen Young
The best option is to close the gap with orthodontic therapy since this will provide the best functional stability to your bite, however if for any reason the space cannot be closed there are several restorative options like bonding, veneers and crowns. I would suggest to talk to your dentist about which options will work better in your situation.
If you had braces, where is your retainer?
You can have the space closed by a simple bonding proceedure
There are many options to closing a space between the two front teeth, but not all options are good choices for every patient. There are a number of factors for a dentist to consider before offering veneers, crowns, or bonding to a patient. In this case, the reason that braces cannot close the space must be identified so the space does not re-open after it is corrected. A thorough clinical and radiographic exam would be needed to better answer your question.
you can have veneers on the gap area to be closed permanently
Hi, there are alternatives. Cosmetic Dental Bonding, veeners or crowns.
For the best long term results in most cases braces are probably the
best option. The next most conservative option would be ceramic veneers on
the two front teeth. This will also give you a great look with positive

Dr. Richard J. Staller
This question is best suited for an orthodontist or a cosmetic dentist and not an oral surgeon, but from what I know, the options to close a 2 mm gap are to undergo orthodontic braces/Invisalign to shorten the gap and align your dentition, or veneers/ cosmetic anterior crowns fabricated to fill the gap with tooth structure. Both options are tedious and expensive but in my opinion a good orthodontist can realign your teeth appropriately.
Have you discussed this with your orthodontist that is doing your braces on why the gap has yet to close? Porcelain veneers may be an option for you once your braces are off.

Tristan Schaffer
Office Manager
We often have patients in our office who have cosmetic concerns such as yours. Possible treatment options include

1. Clear Aligner Therapy using Invisalign- a series of clear plastic trays that gently move teeth to the desired position.
2. Porcelain Veneers- thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of one's teeth to reshape, change the shade, or close spaces.
3. Composite bonding-this is a cheaper and temporary solution similar to porcelain veneers but does not look as good. The composite filling material is bonded to one's teeth but is not as smooth as porcelain and therefore tends to stain, discolor, and chip more readily over time.

I would recommend an evaluation by a cosmetic dentist with a photo simulation to see which option is best for you.

For more information on Invisalign see the link below.
Once your orthodontist closes this space completely unless there is excess bone between the two teasing question a fixed bonded retainer can be put on the tongue side of the teeth it will add some additional stability but you may still need a retainer. The problem may be that the proportional amount of tooth structure in your upper Dental Arch may be smaller than that of the circumference of your jaw structure leading to Natural space. This would indicate necessity to build up the teeth to a larger proportionate size. Your family dentist would do this after you're finished with Orthodontics. However by x-ray if the bone between the two front teeth is excessive it may need to be thinned by a periodontist surgically then the scar tissue would help hold the Gap closed permanently.
It really depends on the case. Gaps could be closed with the help of veneers, composite fillings, some orthodontic appliances and braces. If your dentist/orthodontist recommended you braces already, I am sure they have observed your case and doing a good job for you. When it is all over, you will be happy to see the beautiful change.
There are other options. The braces are the most ideal, usually, because they are the least invasive in terms of removing any tooth structure. I'm not sure how big the gap was to begin with, so I can't fully speculate on the best option for you. If you have completed the treatment with the braces & are still not satisfied with the spaces, my suggestion would be to ask your orthodontist for options & a referral to see a dental care specialist who can help you to finish closing the gap.
You can do veneer of two central teeth.
There are a lot of things to consider when deciding how to deal with a space between your front teeth.
First thing is the relationship between the upper front teeth and the lower front teeth. There are times
that the best treatment is to orthodontically close the space. There are times that closing the space by placing
crowns on the teeth is the best choice. The things to consider are: how wide will be the two front teeth if all the space
is closed by simply making them wider, should you consider crowing all 4 front teeth to share the width so that the front
teeth don't appear so wide. In my office we do all aspects of dentistry. We do orthodontics and we do crown and bridge, as well
as every other area, so we are able to completely evaluate the options and help you decide. I wish I could just say one
way was better than the other, but I do not have enough information to know that for sure.

Dr. Lieblong
Yes, there may be other options, such as veneers, crowns or direct bonding
Yes there's different option to close spaces either with direct white
composite fillings or veneers or emax crowns depends in current tooth
structure or any previous treatment done on those front teeth and depends
in ur financial ability check with ur dentist to discuss different
treatment options
Nida alshaikh dds
The best way to close a gap between your teeth is to get your teeth closer to each other. (ex. Braces, Invisalign). If that is not an option, using materials to add to the teeth to close the gap is the next step. We typically use either bondings (White fillings) or veneers (porcelain facings). Talk to your Dentist about what would work for your situation.
It depends how large the gap is. You have options like composite binding or veneers to close the gap. I recommend to schedule a consultation appointment.
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first option is orthodontics,braces,
second are veneering or all ceramic crown
Gaps can be caused from a tooth arch discrepancy . This means the size of your teeth may be small for the size and shape of your dental arch. As soon as spaces are orthodontically closed they open again. Cosmetic bonding or veneers may help solve your problem. I would need pictures of your teeth to more accurately diagnose your concern. -Sincerely Dr Joe Ferraro
It is unusual for a gap to still be present in your front teeth if you have
been using braces for close to 2 years. If the gap cannot be closed
efficiently for some reason, gap in teeth can be built up using composite
Many times a gap (diastema) can be closed with direct composite bonding, veneers, or crowns, depending on the condition of the teeth. However, these become lifetime maintenance issues, where the orthodontics treatment and wearing a retainer afterwards, can be a lifetime solution. There also may be other issues with your bight that the orthodontic treatment is treating.
We typically solve these issues with Invisalign clear braces. They look fine and patients do very well with them. It is nicer to close the gap by moving your teeth, otherwise you must eliminate the space with either bonding or porcelain veneers, these are the least invasive options.

Hope this helped.

Dr Thomas Reinhard
There are many options to close the gap. You can have fillings to close it, veneers, or crowns. All are a quick fix, but you still have to get retainers as the teeth will keep moving and you might get space again.
In most cases, it is possible to place either filling and/or veneers to close up the gap. I would get a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate.
I have treated number of cases similar to yours, without braces. In some cases, by direct restoration and in some, by placing veneers. 2 mm gap can easily be eliminated by one of these techniques.
I assume that those are your upper front teeth? You may have the low upper lip frenum attachment with some genetically excessive bone in this area. This could be corrected with minor surgery, that could be done with laser. You should definitely discuss it with your orthodontist. The more drastic procedure like veneer crowns could also be done, depending on how you and your dentist feel about it.
The best way is through orthodontics (braces), but you can also try composites or veneers. Composites are white fillings and veneers are thin laboratory made porcelain covers that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Composites do not have the longevity of veneers, but they also do not alter the teeth. A veneer needs to have the tooth prepared to hold the veneer and the change is permanent. Both options usually look great and are much quicker than braces, but again, I don't like to alter healthy teeth and composites typically last 2-5 years in the front before chipping or needed to be replaced. Therefore, I recommend staying with the braces. Be sure to wear the retainers when done or else the space will come right back.