Please Mind the Gap
This is a wonderful little case which demonstrate how a simple treatment can make a big difference.
Initially this lovely patient presented complaining of the gaps in her lower front teeth. She was very conscious of smiling and very aware of the spacing on show. The image below shows her initial presentation.
We discussed options which included short term orthodontics, composite build ups (but this would be a difficult to achieve an aesthetic result due to the size of the spacing) or to accept the spacing. Short term orthodontics was the treatment of choice. Following an orthodontic assessment and consent the patient was provided with fixed aesthetically pleasing brackets from 3M and Quick Straight Teeth
After 8 months the treatment produced a very nice result. The spacing was closed and the patient was very happy with the end results. Following space closure, retention is incredibly important. This was provided with both a lingual fixed retainer and an essix removable retainer. We discussed restoration of the two unit space in the lower left quadrant which included, dental implants, bridge, denture or to leave. The patient opted to have a lower denture.
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Andrew Farr BDS(Hons) MJDF