Why is my dentist pushing veneers for the gap between my front teeth?
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I’ve always loved the gap between my front teeth. And people compliment me on my smile. But as I age, the gap is getting wider. I think that within the next two years, it will be large enough for another tooth to fit in the space. During my dental cleaning a year ago, I talked to my dentist about the gap, and she recommended porcelain veneers. We talked about the cost, and I explained that I’m not interested in paying that much money for my smile when my teeth are otherwise happy. I asked about my options, and she mentioned bonding but quickly added that I would not like the results. So during my cleaning appointment last month, my dentist asked me if I know when I want veneers. I quickly said, “No,” because I do not like confrontation, especially when paying for a service. So, I decided to find a dentist to write to and ask about this situation without any pressure. Why is my dentist promoting porcelain veneers for a tooth gap? Do I really not have any other options? Thank you. – Celina from PA
We are glad that you decided to ask another dentist’s opinion. We are unsure why your dentist recommends porcelain veneers only for your gap. Ultimately, you may need an in-person exam with a nearby cosmetic dentist, but we can explain possible options. Please keep in mind that Dr. Goebel would need to examine your teeth for accurate diagnosis and treatment options.
Cosmetic Dentistry Options for a Gap Between Your Teeth
If you have a gap between your teeth, cosmetic dentistry options include orthodontic treatment, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding. We will discuss what to expect with each treatment option.
Correcting a Gap with Braces
Braces will align your teeth and remove the gap between them. If your excess tissue between your front teeth causes the gap, your dentist will need to remove the tissue before receiving braces.
- Treatment time – Average treatment time is six to 12 months
- Cost – Braces cost more than dental bonding. But depending on how many porcelain veneers you need, braces can cost slightly less than veneers.
- How long will it last? – The results are permanent if you wear a retainer.
Correcting a Gap with Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain mimics natural tooth color and gloss. But a dentist must shave a tiny amount of tooth enamel from the fronts of our teeth to ensure the veneers fit well. Depending on the size of your gap, you may need veneers on more than your two front teeth to even out your smile.
- Treatment time – You can receive porcelain veneers in an average of two to three visits. Some cases take longer.
- Cost – Veneers cost more than dental bonding. And they can cost more than braces depending on your case. A single veneer costs about $1,500.
- How long will they last? – High-quality veneers can last ten to twenty years if you take care of them.
Correcting a Gap with Dental Bonding
A skilled cosmetic dentist has an extensive supply of bonding materials and tools to close the gap between your teeth. The dentist blends shades of composite to match your teeth and hide the gap perfectly. And the dentist will polish your teeth to a gloss.
- Treatment time – A highly skilled cosmetic dentist will close the gap with bonding while you sit in the dental chair. It takes about an hour.
- Cost – Bonding is less expensive than braces or porcelain veneers.
- How long will dental bonding last? – High-quality dental bonding can last about five years or longer if you take care of it.
Schedule a Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation
If you schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, they can explain the results you can expect with braces, porcelain veneers, or dental bonding. You will also get specific information on the costs. Check dentist’s websites for information about their cosmetic dentistry training. And check out their smile gallery.
Dr. Thomas J. Goebel, a cosmetic dentist in Moline, IL, sponsors this post. Looking for a cosmetic dentist near you? Read Dr. Goebel’s continuing education.