Having gaps in-between teeth cause you to feel self-conscious when smiling, laughing and talking. This is not something you have to live with. With help from Painfree Dentistry you can:
- Transform your smile
- Fix any gaps
- Have the best treatment
- Feel more confident when smiling
- Achieve the smile you have always wanted
We offer efficient and successful treatments to fix gappy teeth.
What Causes Spaces Between Teeth?
A gap usually appears in-between the upper two front teeth but gaps can occur in-between any teeth. Spaces can be causes by a difference in size between the teeth and jaw bones. Sometimes the teeth can be too small for the jawbone which results in gaps. If the teeth are too big for the jaw this will cause overcrowding. Your dentist will discuss this with you and explain why the size difference occurred.
Lifestyle choices can also be the cause of gappy teeth. Habits such as thumb sucking are one of the major habits that cause this problem. Gaps can occur from a swallowing reflex where tongue presses against the front teeth.
Don’t be too concerned if your child has gaps when their baby teeth fall out. These spaces usually close when the permanent teeth have grown into their final place.
This issue does not always show symptoms. However, there are causes such as gum disease which will develop over time. You and your dentist can keep track of these together. You can also see the gaps when brushing, your dentist will notice gaps during an examination to.
Treatment for Spaces in Teeth
Treatment will be different for each patient. In some cases, you might only need treatment for the appearance and in some cases, you might need treatment for an issue that contributed to the gaps. The treatment recommended for spaces in teeth is often a full set of braces. If certain teeth are too small you may be recommended a crown or veneer. If the gaps are caused by missing teeth you will need a denture or implants to fix the space.
If you have had gaps closed with dental repair then the gaps often stay closed. There is a high success rate on the closure of spaces. You can take extra steps to prevent the spaces returning. You can wear a retainer; your dentist will discuss this with you if it is recommended.
Prevention of Gaps
It is important to know that not all gaps can be prevented. If the space was caused by jaw or tooth size this could not have been prevented. It will require treatment. However, having a good oral hygiene can help to prevent spaces in teeth being created with bone loss and missing teeth. Patients who have lifestyle choices can also try to stop the habits causing the issues.