Teeth Gap Filler And Treatment


Tooth Gap Causes and Treatment Options Available to Lee’s Summit MO Area Dental Patients

A common cosmetic issue frequently seen at our Lee’s Summit MO dental practice is that of gaping teeth. Dental patients may have gapped teeth due to many factors ranging from thumb-sucking as a child to periodontal disease. Our Lee’s Summit, MO dental practice is pleased to offer solutions to our patients to provide the best outcomes for their unique needs. Medically known as “diastema”, gaps can happen anywhere in the mouth although they are most frequently seen between the front two teeth. This can be difficult for individuals since this area is highly visible when you talk and smile. Fixing gaps in your teeth can dramatically improve your confidence and overall appearance.

What Causes a Tooth Gap?

A tooth gap can result from many different problems in the mouth. These include:

  • Missing teeth, which allow other teeth to spread out in the mouth
  • Thumb-sucking as a child
  • Teeth that are disproportionate to the jawbone
  • Lip-tie (extra tissue between the two front teeth)
  • Periodontal disease
  • Poorly aligned dental arch

How are Tooth Gaps Treated?

At our Lee’s Summit, MO dental practice, Dr. Luff uses a variety of methods to help patients for tooth widening or filling. A popular option is dental bonding. During this cosmetic dental procedure, a tooth-colored resin material is used to disguise the gap between the teeth. Porcelain veneers are another popular option in which thin ceramic facings are placed over the teeth to hide any imperfections. ClearCorrect invisible aligners may also be beneficial if teeth are misaligned. These cosmetic dental procedures are popular with Lee’s Summit, MO dental patients in order to restore a winning smile.

Cosmetic Dental Treatment for Tooth Gaps

Porcelain Veneers

Versatile porcelain veneers are thin shells that look just like your natural teeth. They fit over your teeth and can be made wide enough to hide any gaps. An added benefit of getting porcelain veneers is that they are great for covering any discolored areas or stains on your teeth, as well as any imperfections or cracks.


Bonding can close smaller gaps in order to help you achieve a great smile. The bonding material made of resins and composites is added to your tooth and a natural-looking gap closure is created. Bonding does not damage your enamel and is incredibly safe. While bonding does not last as long as veneers, it is an inexpensive and painless alternative.

Great Outcomes with Noninvasive Treatments

ClearCorrect invisible aligners is an alternative form of braces that avoids the traditional metal wires and brackets. Under the care of Dr. Luff, ClearCorrect uses a series of clear trays that are custom designed to gently apply pressure to misplaced teeth and gradually move them into their desired positions. New trays are worn for 2-3 weeks to adapt to the shifting teeth and to apply continuous pressure where needed.

There are many advantages of using clear trays including the fact that they are nearly invisible and can be removed. These trays are comfortable to wear and do not interfere with your speech; you may even forget that you are wearing them. The ability to remove them as needed allows you to comfortably eat, drink, and brush your teeth without interference.

Many Lee’s Summit, MO adults are coming to have tooth gaps closed and improve their confidence. Having well aligned teeth also makes regular brushing and flossing easier and more effective to keep your teeth healthy for years to come.

If your gap is quite large or is caused due to missing teeth, dental implants or bridgework may be the solution. Our office can sit down with you and discuss your cosmetic dental needs, explain our techniques, and come up with the best solution to fit your needs and budget.

Considering Cosmetic Treatment for Your Tooth Gap in Lee’s Summit, MO ?

Work with Dr. Luff and her team to find the most effective solution for your smile! We are always accepting new patients in the Lee’s Summit, MO and surrounding area who are ready to improve their confidence and smile! Please call Luff Dental at (816) 875-3391 to schedule your appointment.