I have a large tooth gap. My dentist measured it about 10 mm. I feel I am too old for braces. At first, we thought I’d be able to get Snap-on Smile to make my smile look more attractive but that ended up not working. So, now he’s suggesting I get Lumineers. They are pretty expensive. I want to make sure this is the right solution before I pay all that money.
I am going to suggest you find another dentist. That size of a gap is large enough to fit another tooth. It would take an expert cosmetic dentist to make this look even close to normal. I would say only the top 1-2% of dentists would be able to pull this off. I don’t think your dentist is qualified to do this. I admit I am saying this with little information on your dentist. It was the way he is going about this as well as the treatments he’s been recommending.
Lumineers is a brand of porcelain veneers. These are used for complete smile makeovers. If all you want to do is close the tooth gap, there are much less expensive options. Plus, this particular brand is highly marketed to inexperienced cosmetic dentists. Most dentists with real expertise prefer other brands. This is because the company that owns Lumineers insists dentists use their lab, which is not known for its artistic results.
Better Solutions for a Tooth Gap
Usually, a tooth gap is solved by a bit of dental bonding. However, that is used for small gaps. Yours is too large for that to be a viable solution. I know you mentioned you weren’t interested in braces. Is there any chance your dentist mentioned Invisalign? These use clear aligners to straighten your teeth, such as you see in the image above. There are no metal wires or brackets. In fact, no one will even know you are wearing them, even at a conversational distance. Some people even call them invisible braces.
This would be the solution I would suggest on your behalf. It will completely straighten your teeth without any metal wires and brackets. There are two additional benefits as well. First, it is significantly less expensive than the treatment your dentist suggested. Second, the aligners can double as teeth whitening trays. If that is something you are interested in, you can straighten and whiten your teeth simultaneously.
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