Did you watch the Super Bowl this past weekend? Have you been a fan of Madonna since her debut in the 80s? If so, it’s safe to say that you’re familiar with her signature smile gap. Unfortunately, you may not be able to “Vogue” quite as well with your dental gap as Madonna can, so Wilkes Barre cosmetic dentist Dr. James DeFinnis has a few solutions to help you achieve a smile that you’re proud to show off.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
For patients looking to close their dental gap and possibly conceal deep dental stains and correct minor smile flaws like small cracks and chips in their teeth, cosmetic dental bonding is a safe, non-invasive and effective procedure.
During the bonding process, Dr. DeFinnis will apply composite resin, a safe and durable putty-like substance, that has been tinted to match the color of your smile to the tooth or teeth in question. Then, Dr. DeFinnis will expertly sculpt and shape the composite resin to close your gap, conceal your stain, or correct your dental gap or chip. Once your restoration is securely in place, Dr. DeFinnis will harden and set it with a special curing light, and then polish and shine it so that is appears natural and blends in seamlessly with your natural tooth structure.
With the proper care, your cosmetic bonding restoration has no expiration date, so your “Madonna gap” will be out of sight and out of mind for a long time.
If you’re interested in a more permanent procedure to close your gap and totally makeover your smile, Dr. DeFinnis offers two kinds of veneer treatments.
The first treatment is traditional porcelain veneers, which involve a set of contact-lens thin shells made of the highest quality ceramic that adhere directly to your teeth. Because a minimal amount of tooth enamel is removed to ensure the proper fit and natural appearance of your veneers, this procedure is considered to be permanent. In addition to closing your gap, concealing unwanted smile flaws, and giving your smile a completely new and beautiful appearance, porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, so you never have to worry about whitening your new gap-free smile.
Like traditional veneers, LUMINEERS® are ultra-thin smile shapers that adhere directly to your front teeth to create a new, attractive appearance. Because LUMINEERS® are “no-prep” restorations, meaning no enamel reduction is necessary prior to placement, LUMINEERS® can be placed over existing dental work and can last for more than 20 years with the proper care.