nice smile WacoIf you have a gap in your teeth, it may be the first thing you see when you smile into a mirror. Even if others are not as aware of it as you are, a gap in your teeth can affect your self-esteem. It’s simply not easy to smile if you don’t like your teeth, and smiling has been proven to improve your outlook. Thankfully, with cosmetic dentistry, you can close gaps in your teeth for an improved look and a boost in confidence. Here to discuss cosmetic methods for closing gaps is your Waco dentist, Dr. Corbet Locke.

Correcting Gaps Between Teeth

Gaps showing negative space between teeth are also called diastemas. A diastema can be treated in several ways using cosmetic dentistry. One approach is to shift the position of teeth. Braces are the most common method for shifting the position of teeth. However, Dr. Locke can transform your smile with Invisalign. Featuring a series of clear and removable aligners that gradually straighten teeth, Invisalign repositions teeth without the embarrassing brackets and wires of traditional braces.

Veneers can also correct a diastema. Typically made of porcelain, veneers bond to the front surface of teeth to give them a new shape. Using veneers, Dr. Locke can give you a straight and beautiful smile in very few dental visits. Veneers are custom made for each patient and have a sheen that mimics the look of natural teeth. Attaching veneers requires only a small amount of preparatory work on each tooth.

Cosmetic bonding offers a third option for correcting a diastema. Bonding features a composite resin that blends with the natural tooth structure. Dr. Locke can sculpt this resin into the ideal shape and size before hardening it with a curing light, thus correcting the gap.

Schedule a Visit with Your Waco Dentist

Do you have a gap in your teeth?  Don’t let your smile be anything less than ideal. Schedule an appointment with your Waco dentist, Dr. Locke, today by calling 254-776-4888. Our 76172 dental office serves patients from Waco, Woodway, McGregor, Hewitt, and surrounding communities.