So I was born with a gap in my two front teeth. Not just any gap. A large gaping whole that my best friend used to ask me if I could fit a straw in-between to drink things…Which I could. So in 8th grade after much begging and pleading my case to my parents as to how closing said gap would make not only my life better, but everyone’s lives around me, she let me get braces. Looking back, this wasn’t a victory. Braces were annoying, painful and within one day of having them on, my gap was gone. One year later, when the braces were off, it took one day for gappy to come back. He’s a persistent SOB. So then we moved on to mouth surgery. A “frenectomy” is what it’s called. Basically they remove some of the front gums behind your front teeth (gruesome, I know, my dentist recommended it, needless to say, I still hide when I see him in the grocery store). This was awful, painful, and took stitches. What did gappy do? Came back days later, taunting me. I gave up all hope during college and it wasn’t until I moved to New York when I decided I have had enough. I went to a cosmetic dentist who within 5 minutes said, “Oh, yea, we’ll slap some bonding on that.” I sat flabbergasted. All these years, all this time, all anyone had to do was put some white glue like resin stuff on my teeth and problem solved? I was astounded. The bonding took approx 20 minutes, looked perfect and that 2 years later, still looks great. Oh, and it was about $250 compared to the $2,000 in braces and mouth surgeries that was spent. My teeth looked whiter, my gap was gone, and I was happy as a clam.
It may sound ridiculous to go to all this trouble for a silly gap, but it got so frustrating that I took it on as a mission. It was like a mystery no one could solve- how to close gappy for good. Well, my cosmetic dentist cracked the case. If you have a similar problem, look into bonding. You may be pleasantly surprised.
*Disclaimer- those are not my actual teeth pictured. I avoided smiling with teeth when gappy was around. But those are teeth that have been bonded.