How Much Does it Cost to Fix Gap Teeth?
Gaps in teeth are known to be one of the most common cosmetic dental issues, and this gap can commonly be caused by thumb sucking or gum disease.
How much is a typical teeth bonding cost?
- On average, the fee per tooth could range anywhere from $250 to well into the thousands. This price is going to depend on how your bite is, how wide the gap is, the method being used and the dentist you choose.
- Fixing a gap cosmetically via a bond or with veneers could cost about $300 to $1,000 per tooth, on average. This will depend on the complexity, and most cosmetic surgeons won’t perform this procedure unless two teeth need to be fixed. This process, as explained below, will use a resin that matches your tooth color to close the gap.
- Closing a gap can also be done with veneers. Dental veneers, which are custom made, will be made from thin tooth-colored shells. This process could cost anywhere from $700 to $1,400 per tooth.
- If the tooth has a cavity or related damage, it could be covered with a dental crown designed to fill the gap. Porcelain-fused crowns can cost $500 to $2,000 per tooth.
- Partial or a full set of braces may be required as well for more complex situations. Usually covered under insurance, braces can cost anywhere from $4,000 to more than $7,000; however, a retainer may cost $400 to $2,500, depending on the length of the treatment and complexity of the case.
- An at-home method, such as using teeth gap bands, can cost anywhere from $5 to $15 per box. These bands will be similar to a rubber band and will be placed over your teeth at night, causing them to draw together. Orthodontists warn these bands may pull other straight teeth out of alignment, causing some paint.
- For an extremely small gap, an orthodontist may charge $400 to $1,200 per tooth, and this will depending on how complex the procedure is.
- Acedentalresource.com says the average dental bonding will vary on your dental condition and the amount of teeth that need repair. They state it can cost $100 to $400 per tooth.
What is going to be included?
- With dental bonding, a dentist will use two methods: either a direct composite or an adhesive. With a direct composite, the dentist will use natural-looking materials which will be applied directly to your teeth and sculpted to the surface. This is minimally invasive. With an adhesive, the dentist will choose a color that matches your teeth. With this color, they will be able to roughen the surface using a gentle phosphoric acid solution. After roughing, the bonding agent is applied and this putty-like resin will be applied to the tooth and molded until it reaches its desired shape. Once in its desired shape, it will be hardened using an ultraviolet curing light until it reaches its final shape. With dental bonding, this will be the least expensive dental cosmetic procedure to fix a gap. It can be done in one office visit and won’t require any general anesthesia. On the downside, however, this method isn’t as strong as your real teeth and the material can chip over time, especially if you chew on harder items.
- A gap can form because your teeth are too small in proportion to the jaw bone, creating a space, or it may form if teeth are missing, allowing your other teeth to spread out. It can also form if you were to suck your thumb as a child. Other reasons may include gum disease or oversized tissue.
- Aside from closing gaps in your teeth, dental bonding can also be used to repair cracked teeth, decayed teeth, improve discolored teeth, make teeth look longer and change the shape of the teeth.
- Since there are various ways to bond teeth together, every procedure will vary. These procedures can include veneers, crowns, bonding and even a form of braces.
What are the extra costs?
- A general cleaning will be performed before the procedure, and this fee is either tied in with the quote or billed separately. The average cleaning can cost $30 to $125.
- Your dentist may also require x-rays.
- A follow-up checkup will be needed to check on the bonding agents and to ensure the gaps are being closed properly.
Tips to know
- Most gaps caused by childhood thumb sucking can be corrected most of the time; however, if it’s due to gum disease, the procedures mentioned above may not work as well as you’d like them to. Even if you get veneers, it won’t be fixed on a permanent basis as these veneers can still chip or crack if you were to eat hard food, for instance.
- How long does tooth bonding last? It won’t last as long as veneers; however, it you take care of them properly, the bonding can last up to 10 years when wear and tear is factored in.
How can I save money?
- Consider looking for a dental discount plan that can help you save more than 60% off your visits. DentalPlans.com is a great service to compare plans in your area. When you sign up for a plan, this acts similar to an insurance plan but at a fraction of the cost.
- Consider other alternatives to treat the gap between your teeth. Always ask your dentist to explain all of your options.
- If you feel you can’t afford the procedure financially, many dental offices can offer flexible payment plans.
- Be sure to consult with your dental insurance company to see what is and what is not covered for a procedure such as this one. While the dental insurance may cover the cleanings/x-rays, the bonding itself may be considered cosmetic and won’t be covered at all.
- Consider looking at local dental school clinics to see if you can get the procedure done for a lower cost. While a student will be working on your teeth, he or she will be supervised by an experienced surgeon while its being done.