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A 60-year-old male asked:

How would a dentist fill in a one and one half millimeter space between the 2 front teeth? or, in your experience, would you just leave it alone?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
A Verified Doctoranswered
Dentistry 37 years experience
Bonding: There are several ways to close a space and the treatment would depend on the rest of your teeth and personal preference. Bonding is an excellent conservative method but veneers or invisalign would be other options.
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Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 26 years experience
Bonding is done by adding the same tooth-colored filler to the tooth. Veneers are a thin porcelain or resin tooth-colored laminate that is bonded to the front surface of the tooth. (The idea is somewhat similar to acrylic nails being attached to your nails.) Invisalign is a set of thin, clear trays that fit over your entire teeth. The trays apply gentle pressure to teeth and move them, changing the tooth position into more ideal place. If the teeth have more damage or issues, your dentist may suggest that you get crowns, which will cover the entire surface of tooth, so your tooth will need to be shaped first.
Nov 27, 2013
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Why space?: Is space because of tooth size discrepancy, positional malocclusion, or gum disease allowing teeth to migrate? Must first determine cause before deciding on appropriate treatment. Ask your dentist to diagnose your particular problem and then suggest the best solution choices.
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Last updated Dec 5, 2013


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