Options for a Tooth Gap

I have a small gap in my teeth that makes me uncomfortable when I look at pictures. What are all my options to get this fixed? I’d appreciate any help you can give me.


Dear Paula,

Happy to help! You have three great options to get this fixed.

Dental Bonding

A chipped tooth before and after dental bonding

This is the quickest and least expensive of your repair options. Above is a picture of how dental bonding can repair a chipped tooth. It can do the same thing for a small tooth gap. Not all dentists do this procedure so you may have to do some calling around. While you are calling around, be sure to look at their smile galleries. This type of cosmetic work is done free-hand and requires some training. You’ll want to see before and after pictures of actual cases they’ve done in order to be certain they can produce natural-looking results for you.


Side by Side comparison fo braces with Invisalign

A second option for you is orthodontics. For adults, I usually recommend some form of Invisible braces, such as Invisalign. These will straighten any crooked teeth you have as well as close a tooth gap, the way traditional braces will but without all the metal wires and brackets.

Porcelain Veneers

a single porcelain veneer being placed on a tooth

Porcelain veneers are the most expensive option. However, it does do more. It is the go-to procedure that celebrities use for their smile makeovers. It can change anything you want about your smile, including the shape, size, and color of your teeth, simultaneously.

Dental Care and COVID-19

At the moment, none of these would be available to you. The CDC is recommending only essential procedures be done. while important, these would fall into the category of needing to wait until after the quarantine period. Here’s the good news. This gives you plenty of time to research which of these three options you want, as well as find the perfect dentist to do them.

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