Dentist Questions tooth gap

Do I need braces to get rid of the gap in my teeth?

I have a gap in between my two front teeth. I have always accepted it, but now I would like to make it smaller. Being 34 years old, I'd rather not get braces. Is there any other way to close my gap?

23 Answers

Yes. Cosmetic bonding is the quickest and most pain-free way to close your gap. If done well, it should look very natural, appear seamless, and does not take a long time to do.
There are options to close the gap. You can do bonding of the teeth which is composite build ups. Veneers are other options or crowns.
This depends on the size of the gap. Often, the space can be treated conservatively with composite bondings or veneers.
As a general rule, orthodontic treatment (Invisalign) is a number one choice for your situation. If the gaps are relatively small and the teeth are straight, you may choose to correct your problem with veneers, which require minimal tooth preparation (grinding) and will give you a very cosmetic outcome. If your teeth have a lot of spacing, are severely discolored, rotated or imperfectly shaped, then your choice of treatment will involve all ceramic crowns on 4 or 6 of your front teeth. Ask your dentist which treatment is best for you.
Invisalign, Clear Correct, or a plastic and wire retainer are all options.

It depends on the gap. It sounds like you have had it since you were younger. I would consult with your dentist to see how large the gap is. If the space is not very large, your options are anywhere from wearing Invisalign or Clear Correct Trays to bonding to close the gap. Bonding can be done easily with composite material or porcelain for a more permanent restoration. Please, however, see your dentist and the two of you make a decision that best fits your needs.
Cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers are two options if you don't want to have orthodontic treatment
Each case is different so it is hard to give you a definitive answer. Veneers are a possibility. Still you may want to explore Invisalign
Consult an orthodontist, you may be an Invisalign candidate
You can get it closed with white composite filling, which is less expensive and done in a single visit. You can get it fixed with Invisalign expresse that will cost more and it needs more time, almost less than 3 months.
This could be treated through braces, Invisalign, crowns, veneers, or simple bonded composite fillings. You should visit your dental professional to discuss these options further.
Depending on the size of the gap, you may be able to close the gap with a simple retainer appliance. Another great option is Invisalign braces, which are clear, slip over your teeth and are usually much faster than traditional braces.
Good morning,
Thank you so much for your question.
Yes, there are other ways for closing a gap, for instance using veneers.
It really depends on the case. But there are so many other ways to close the gap such as Veneers and white fillings as well. You should see your dentist which option works best for you
Invisalign is one of the best ways to close spaces between teeth.
Depending on the distance or space between your teeth, there are many options! From Invisalign to bonding to veneers. The ideal option will depend on the situation in your mouth, your aesthetic expectations, and budget. Do have a discussion with your dentist!
You could close your gap using some type of veneer, either direct or indirect. Direct veneers are made primarily of acrylic plastic and can be placed in a single visit making them relative less costly in the short term. Unfortunately the acrylic wears and discolors creating the need to periodically replace them. Indirect veneers are made from porcelain and will last indefinitely and not discolor. They are more difficult to make requiring two visits and the hiring of a dental laboratory in between which makes them more costly in the short term but because they are so durable, they do not require periodic replacement.
Closing the gaps will require you to see a dentist since you do not want to get braces. Though there is the option of Invisalign. Veneers options are also available, but you need to be seen for consultations.
Not necessarily. Depending on the size of the gap in the proportions of your front teeth, your dentist may recommend just enlarging the front teeth slightly and distributing the space between 1 to 4 teeth by making them slightly larger with bonding.
Depending on the size of the gap, it may be able to be closed with either bonding or porcelain laminates. A judgement would have to be made as to whether the teeth would look too big if done in one of these ways. An alternative to traditional braces would be to use clear aligner therapy which may be your best option.
Depending on the size of your teeth, you can have fillings that have same color of your teeth to close the gap, all depending on the gap size, too. Talk to your dentist, I'm sure he will help you.
Hi there!

There are a few options to close the gap between teeth:

1) Conventional braces
2) Invisalign (clear braces)
3) Veneers

To see what is the best possible treatment option for your teeth, you should visit a dentist and discuss the options and see which one is good for your case. Every case is different.
I hope this answer helps.

Dr. Jatinder Sharma, DDS
While I understand that you don't want braces, in an effort to provide you with all options, I wouldn't be thorough if I didn't at least mention why orthodontic treatment may be the best way to treat a gap between your teeth. Orthodontic treatment, you see, is the least damaging to your actual teeth since, in the majority of cases, no "prep" work is needed to place them on. If it's the actual silver color of the brackets are the turn off, keep in mind that there are now clear braces available as a more invisible option. Other orthodontic techniques with no brackets are Invisalign or Clear Correct. Both of these, use a system of trays to correct any mis-alignment or teeth gap issues. And now to non-ortho options. Veneers or Composite restorations (tooth-colored fillings) are 2 very easy and fast ways to close that gap. Veneers are lab processed restorations that are placed over prepared teeth and usually accomplished in as little as 2 appointments. Veneers will never change color and the lab following the dentist's precise instructions can make your teeth absolutely beautiful and natural looking. Of course, they are also more expensive than the second option: composite build-ups. Composite Restorations provide you with not only a beautiful result, but a quick one as well - only 1 appointment needed. However, these restorations will discolor and chip over time and will need to be replaced. Any way you decide, please remember you must find a dentist not only well experienced in the knowledge of these techniques, but one that also understands and has thorough knowledge of how your bite, habits, facial structure, coloration and other factors can lead to, in the majority of cases, predictable results.