For some of us, gaps are an unwanted sight. For others, gaps are a fashion statement and are desired. However, if you’re one of the people who would rather not have a gap in your teeth, there are a few options to fixing that gap. Many of the options involve orthodontic intervention. While this may not be an option for some or seem like it’s too much of an effort, it’s definitely worth the time and money in order to adjust the gap in your teeth. Depending on the cause, options such as braces may not be necessary.
There are many reasons why you might have a gap in your teeth. Genes can play a roll in a gap forming in your teeth as you age. Bad habits can also play a roll since gum disease or thumb sucking can also cause gaps in teeth. Missing teeth or an excess of gum tissue can also be leading causes. Of course, the list could go on since tooth gaps are fairly common and can be caused in many ways. However, the cause of the gap often times can determine what the treatment might be. Some options may not result in braces or other long-term solutions, however, it’s common for orthodontic treatment to come into play.
If you’re the type of person that doesn’t like to go to a dental professional if you can fix it yourself, you may opt for trying OTC fixes. These can include dental bands and DIY braces which we do not recommend. Adjustments to your teeth can involve your jaw and your oral health must be taken into account. By doing things yourself without a dental professional involved, you could be doing more harm than good, which is what we see often.
Braces, retainers, clear aligners, etc. are all options for fixing a gap in your teeth, depending on the cause of the issue. Fixing a gap in a patient’s teeth can often times be a gradual process since moving too quickly can cause issues in more ways than one. Therefore, options such as braces won’t be an overnight fix however, they’ll be a gradual fix that’s well worth the time since this type of option will fix any other issues with alignment as well.
Dental bonding or veneers are a common option for fixing gaps in teeth when the cause is from a chip or broken tooth. Fillings are also an option for gaps caused by chipped or broken teeth. Gaps caused by missing teeth altogether can be fixed by implants or false teeth. If the cause is simply excess gum tissue in between the teeth, a procedure can be done to remove the excess gum if possible.
It’s always a good idea to speak with your dental professional before deciding any course of action. They will give you options to best fit your specific needs.