My dentist started doing Invisalign two years ago, so last week, I asked him for Invisalign to close a small gap between my teeth. He did the 3D scan and found other minor issues with the alignment of my teeth. He is recommending upper and lower aligners. The whole process is going to take just over a year. I told my dentist that whatever alignment issues there are with me teeth are not as important as closing the gap. I just want to close the gap for now. Maybe I shouldn’t have gone into the office asking for Invisalign. My dentist mumbled something about veneers. I looked online at the cost; they are almost as expensive as Invisalign. Can I convince him just to do my upper teeth with Invisalign? – Emma
Emma – If your dentist insists that Invisalign is the only way to close a small gap, he or she may lack the skill and artistic ability to conceal the gap with dental composite.
Dr. Thomas would need to see the digital model of your teeth to determine how long it would take to close the gap with Invisalign. But Invisalign isn’t the only way to close a gap.
What Are the Options for Closing a Tooth Gap?
The options for closing a tooth gap include dental bonding, orthodontics, or porcelain veneers. A cosmetic dentist’s recommendations depend on the condition of your teeth, which teeth are creating the gap, and the gap size.
Dental Bonding vs. Invisalign®
Closing small gaps with dental bonding is easier, faster, and less expensive. But only an advanced cosmetic dentist can make your teeth look proportionate and match the bonding with your natural teeth.
Artistic cosmetic dentists mix shades of composite to mimic the characteristics of your natural teeth. A skilled cosmetic dentist can provide highly accurate, long-lasting bonding. Larger gaps may benefit from porcelain veneers.
We suggest that you look for an advanced cosmetic dentist. Even if you don’t find a nearby dentist who offers dental bonding, you’ll be able to find an artistic dentist who can skillfully close the gap with bonding. Search a few cosmetic dentists’ websites and look for patient photos of their work with composite bonding.