Invisalign used for fixing gapped teethAre you worried about a space between your front teeth being the focal point of your smile? A gap between teeth that is wider than 0.5 millimeters is called a diastema. It isn’t harmful and can appear in children and adults. It can be caused by small teeth in relation to the size of the jaw, missing or undersized teeth, or an oversized labial frenum. In some cases, it can be the result of advanced gum disease, tongue thrusting, or thumb sucking. No matter the cause, your cosmetic dentist can close it. You have many options to fix a gap between your front teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

A veneer is a thin restoration that is bonded to the front surface of a tooth to improve its color, shape, and size. However, bonding veneers to the teeth that show when smiling can correct various issues using a minimally invasive procedure, including gaps between teeth. Veneers are versatile because you can address several concerns using just one procedure, saving time and money. Veneers can be a great option if you have additional concerns, like tooth discoloration, in addition to gaps. Veneers can last for a decade or longer with the right care.

Direct Bonding

Direct bonding uses a composite resin that matches the color of enamel to fix minor imperfections. Your cosmetic dentist can add the resin to the inner sides of your teeth to close the space, making them appear larger. The non-invasive procedure can provide noticeable results in one appointment. It offers a lot of bang for your buck because it is affordable, convenient, and durable. Dental bonding can last for 5 to 15 years before needing to be replaced.


Invisalign is a great alternative to metal braces. Clear aligners are worn over your teeth to fix bite and alignment issues, like closing spaces between teeth. You must commit to wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours per day. You’ll switch to the next set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, as instructed by your cosmetic dentist. Invisalign is a discrete solution to improve both the health and appearance of your pearly whites. 

It is never too late to invest in a stunning smile to be proud of. Your cosmetic dentist will review all of your options and help you make the best decision for your situation and budget.

About Dr. Matthew McKissock

Dr. McKissock earned his dental degree from the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry and he continues his training regularly in various specialties, including cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, and dental implants. Dr. McKissock is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Schedule an appointment online or call his office at (407) 258-1330.

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