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5 Ways to Fill in the Gap in Your Smile

There are a lot of reasons our patients come to us for treatment, but a majority have one big problem: a gap in their smile. The gap can be a large one – missing one or more teeth – or a smaller one, like gaps, or space, between teeth. Whether you’ve knocked out a tooth and have a dental emergency, have lost a tooth from disease or decay, or just have unlucky genetics and got passed along your parents’ gapped smile, our Waterford, MI dentists, Dr. Heuerman and Dr. Ratz, can help! We can fill in your embarrassing gap for you with many of our cosmetic, restorative, and orthodontic treatments!

Today, we’ll look at 5 ways to fill in the gaps. Some may even surprise you!

1. Dental Implants

If you’re missing at least one tooth, get rid of that gap for good with dental implants! A dental implant is an artificial titanium tooth root that serves as a stable foundation for a crown, dentures, or bridge to go on top. We say “get rid of that gap for good” because with proper care, your implants can last a lifetime! You will never have to worry about the pain, embarrassment, restrictions, premature aging, bone loss, or anything else that comes with having that gap in your smile.

Our implant doctors have advanced training in traditional and mini implants, which helps us serve patients who thought they may never have seen a full smile again. In fact, we can even give you a full smile in one day! You’ll come to our office and leave with your implants AND full set of teeth secured directly to them! Call us for your consultation.

2. Dental Bridges

If you think you don’t want implants to fill in your gap, we offer incredibly realistic dental bridges to fill in your gap and get you smiling again soon! A bridge is made of a row of connected dental crowns, one that fills in the gap (or more than one if you have more than one missing tooth), and the others that go over your natural teeth for support.

We make our bridges using zirconia and porcelain, which look and shine like your natural teeth. We have fixed bridges that aren’t removable, but we can even attach bridges to dental implants for the best stability.

3. Beautiful Dentures

If you prefer dentures, don’t have the bone support for implants, or need a more affordable option, consider our realistic dentures to fill in your gap! We have full dentures that can replace all teeth in your arch, partial dentures that can replace a series of missing teeth, and even implant-retained dentures that won’t slide around. Read more about our comfortable, affordable dentures here.

Now let’s move to the smaller gaps in your smile.

4. Porcelain Veneers

Do you have gaps between your teeth that make it look imperfect? It might be just one gap in between your front teeth. Did you know that veneers can cover that gap and give you a beautiful, balanced smile? These thin shells fit over the front of your teeth and can be designed just a little wider than your natural teeth to cover up that gap. Our veneers are porcelain for the most natural, flawless smile. Read more about this cosmetic solution here.

5. Fast Braces/Orthodontics

Maybe you have larger gaps between your teeth. Braces can help close up gaps between your teeth for an even, straighter smile. Dr. Heuerman and Dr. Ratz have received the professional training needed to provide orthodontic treatment right here in our Waterford, MI dentist office!

We can fix gapped smiles – along with other issues like crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, and more! – with traditional wire braces. If your gap is more of a cosmetic issue, Six Month Smiles might be a better route because it focuses on the teeth that show when you smile. If you don’t want people to notice that you’re fixing the gap, opt for ClearCorrect or Invisalign clear braces. Read more about our orthodontic treatments here.

Gaps can have many effects on your smile, from being the only that prevents you from a perfect smile, to being embarrassing or even making the functions of your mouth, like eating and speaking, difficult or painful. Let the experts at The Waterford Dentist help close those gaps for you by making an appointment now!