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Tired of having David Letterman's smile and want to finally get rid of that gap between your front teeth? If you can kick the proverbial football through your gap, then you will probably need braces or large veneers to close it up. However, if your gap is relatively minor, there is a less invasive and cheaper cosmetic dentistry procedure called bonded resin that you might consider.
A cosmetic dentist creates what is effectively a gap-filler out of a tooth-colored material and simply attaches it to both teeth on either side of the gap. The process is mostly painless and achieves good cosmetic results.
On the downside, whereas before you might have been able to floss between the two teeth with thick twine, after the procedure you'll need to sneak the dental floss below where the gap used to be, as the teeth will be physically bonded together.
Since there is no such thing as cosmetic dentistry insurance, you will be on your own to pay for the procedure, however, simple gap fillings are relatively cheap. Consult your local cosmetic dentist for an exact estimate to see if this procedure is right for you.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|