I Have a Gap in My Front Teeth: Choosing Between Invisalign or Bonding

October 26th, 2017

When there’s a gap in your front teeth, it’s difficult to freely show your smile.

Whether you’re talking with a co-worker or laughing with a friend, you’re always aware of the unsightly gap in your mouth.

But, even if you might want to close your gap, you might have doubts about committing to metal braces, and the inconvenience and self-consciousness that come with them.

This can drive you to consider other, less-embarrassing options, such as bonding your teeth or choosing Invisalign’s clear aligners.

If you’re tired of the gap in your front teeth, but you’re not sure whether bonding your gap or closing the space with Invisalign is best, keep on reading to gain clarity for your decision.

Bonding the gap in your front teeth

Dental bonding is one way you can quickly end your embarrassment over the gap in your front teeth.

If you’re wondering what you can expect during the dental bonding process, Colgate explains that…

  • Your dentist will use a composite resin for your bonding; it will have the consistency of a putty and match the colour of your teeth.
  • After preparing your teeth, your dentist will position the resin and sculpt it into the desired shape.
  • To harden your bonding, your dentist will use UV light and afterwards polish the composite.

It’s important to note that Colgate warns that bonding is porous and can stain.

On top of that, bonding isn’t a permanent fix for the gap in your front teeth. As WebMD explains, bonding has a lifespan of 3 to 10 years before you’ll need to repair or replace it.

Closing your gap with Invisalign

Invisalign will also empower you to close the gap in your front teeth; however, it works quite differently from bonding.

Instead of filling in the space between your teeth with a resin, Invisalign works to move your smile into the correct position. It does this with a series of clear plastic aligners that are customised to your teeth and gradually correct their malocclusion.

As you replace one set of aligners with a new set, the gap between your front teeth will begin to close, giving you the beautiful smile you’ve dreamed about.

Knowing which option to choose

If you’re debating whether Invisalign or bonding is best for correcting the space in your smile, here’s an important question you need to consider…

Do I want to permanently remove the gap in my front teeth?

While both bonding and Invisalign will visibly erase your dental flaw, only one option can permanently close the gap that has troubled you for so long—Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners.

If you don’t mind replacing your bonding (or knowing you’ve only disguised your gap), then bonding is the option for you.

But if you want to actually remove the gap between your front teeth, then it’s time to explore how Invisalign will revolutionise your smile. With Invisalign, you’ll gain an orthodontic treatment that will…

  • Give you the confidence you need. Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners help you avoid the embarrassment of other traditional orthodontic treatment options.
  • Empower you to keep your teeth healthy. In contrast with traditional metal braces, with Invisalign, there’s nothing to keep you from brushing or flossing your teeth normally. Simply remove your aligners to clean your teeth.
  • Make treatment convenient. Your removable aligners make straightening your teeth easy and simple. Pop out your aligners to eat your favorite meal, drink your cup of coffee, and still progress in treatment.

If you’re ready to say goodbye to the gap in your teeth, it’s time to see if Invisalign is right for you.

Simply contact your nearest MiSmile Invisalign Provider to enjoy a complimentary Smile Evaluation and learn more about Invisalign.

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