Dental Problems and Corrections: Gaps

Lake Oswego Dentist Serving Portland, & Nearby West Linn, OR

Gapped teeth are a common cosmetic dentistry problem which may cause you to suffer from a great deal of embarrassment. Often, gaps in your teeth will be very noticeable to friends, family members, and coworkers.

Portland cosmetic dentist Dr. Sue Wendling offers a variety of procedures that will correct gaps in your teeth so that you can have the beautiful smile you deserve. After all, your smile is a huge part of your appearance.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells which are custom-fit and bonded to the front of your teeth. They are an excellent option for treating gapped teeth since they require only a minimal removal of your natural tooth structure to be placed. The result of your treatment will be a vibrant, beautiful smile.

One of the biggest advantages of porcelain veneers is that the material used closely mimics many of the properties of your natural teeth, including color, texture, and translucency. Since your veneers are permanently bonded to the front of your teeth, they can actually strengthen your teeth so that you do not suffer additional damage in the future.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a quick and easy way to fill gaps in your teeth since Dr. Wendling can complete the procedure in one office visit. The tooth-colored bonding material will closely resemble the appearance and texture of your natural teeth, and it will hardly be noticeable to others.

Dr. Wendling will prepare your tooth for the bonding agent by texturing the surface to ensure that the bonding agent adheres properly to your tooth. After applying the bonding material to your tooth and sculpting it into the appropriate shape, Dr. Wendling will use a special light to harden the material, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing, permanent restoration.


Advances in cosmetic dentistry technology have made it possible for you to straighten your teeth without having a “mouth full of metal.” The Invisalign system is an excellent option for adults who wish to correct severe gaps without wearing traditional metal braces.

Your Invisalign treatment consists of wearing a series of removable, clear retainers which gradually align your teeth over an extended period of time. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks, and by the end of your treatment, you will have a straight, beautiful smile. You can remove your retainers to eat and perform daily oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing.

To learn more about your options for correcting gapped teeth, please contact our Portland cosmetic dentist today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Wendling serves patients in Portland, Lake Oswego, and West Linn, Oregon.

Portland Cosmetic Dentist

17437 Boones Ferry Road Suite 400
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035