Your smile is one of your most precious possessions, but a gap (diastema) between your front teeth can make you feel self-conscious about smiling. If this sounds familiar read on…
“I had braces for about 2 years. When they came off the orthodontist put in built-in retainers on my top and bottom teeth. I had the top one for about 3 years at which point one of the glue spots started to come undone, so they took the whole thing off. I still have the bottom built in.
My top teeth were pretty close to perfect when the braces came off (about 15 years ago) – however, over time and with the removal of the top retainer, my top front two teeth have shifted slightly and there’s now a small gap. I’ve worn my removable retainer almost every night since the braces came off but that wasn’t able to hold the teeth in place. What are my options?”
Emma’s story is relatively common. While braces can do wonders for crooked tooth, their effects are not always completely permanent. However there are a number of treatment options that can help correct any shifting of the teeth. Of course, a consultation is always essential to determine which is the right treatment for you.
Once I have determined the cause of your gap (diastema), a treatment plan can be developed. Your options may include:
- Braces to realign the teeth and close the gap
- Porcelain veneers bonded to the teeth
- Direct resin composites
- Crown and bridge work
These options range in price and time commitment, but if it means you’ll feel more confident about your smile isn’t it worth it?