Actress Uzo Aduba is known for her role playing Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on Orange Is the New Black. But it was another characteristic that tripped her up for most of her youth and adolescence – the prominent gap between her front teeth. Aduba wrote for Cosmopolitan magazine about how upsetting her teeth were to her. For years, she arranged her smile so that the gap wouldn’t show, mostly because her mother refused to let her have braces and erase this longstanding family trait. Now, Aduba is known for her unique look.
If you have a gap that you love, embrace it. If you have a gap that you hate, there are cosmetic dentistry solutions that can give you the straight, “normal” smile you’ve always wanted.
Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions for Gapped Teeth
There are plenty of celebrities who have found fame and fortune, thanks in part to the massive gaps between their teeth that set them apart from all the “perfect” celebs. Anna Paquin, Laurence Fishburne, model Georgia May Jagger, Michael Strahan, and Elton John are just a handful of the notable names who are unlikely to ever alter their gap-toothed smiles.
Are you as enamored with your own gapped teeth? If you’re not loving what your DNA dished out, there are plenty of ways to tighten up your smile, including:
Invisalign: One of the first questions to ask your holistic dentist is whether you are a candidate for orthodontia. Chances are, your gaps could be closed up over time with Invisalign treatment. If you’re already ashamed of your gapped smile, there’s a good chance you wouldn’t be on board with traditional metal braces. Invisalign is done completely under the radar, and provides the same results without the discomfort or obvious side effects of being a metal mouth.
Porcelain veneers: If you are ready to do something about your gap teeth immediately, you may not be interested in waiting for a full course of Invisalign treatment. Consider, then, investing in a faster solution that can often be completed in two visits to your dentist: porcelain veneers. Not only do veneers close up your gaps, they also straighten and unify your teeth in shape, size, color, and translucency, hiding any stains, chips, and cracks too.
Lumineers: Similar to porcelain veneers but slightly less invasive, Lumineers are made of incredibly thin pieces of porcelain and bonded to the front of your teeth. Gaps will be eliminated in no time, along with any other problematic and unsightly surface stains.
Teeth whitening: Sometimes all you need to love your gap is a great accessory, like white enamel. Sprucing up your gapped teeth with a professional teeth whitening treatment will help make your smile quirk look intentional and healthy.
A gapped smile is nothing to be ashamed of, but if your gaps are getting in the way of your happiness and success, if you’re feeling self-conscious because off the gaps in your teeth, it’s time to make a change. Your smile matters. And while, clearly, the celebs mentioned above have made names for themselves with gaps in their teeth, if you are not feeling your trademark smile, do something about it. Make an appointment with holistic dentist Dr. Yolanda Cintron at the International Center for Dental Excellence in Fort Lauderdale to discuss your questions about solutions for your gapped teeth.