People are self-conscious about their smile for various reasons. It could be because their teeth are crooked, yellowing, or because they have gaps. Whatever the reason, if your smile is making you feel embarrassed then you might be wondering how hard it is to fix a gap in the teeth.
What Causes A Gap in the Teeth?
A gap between the teeth or diastema can occur anywhere in the mouth but is more common in between the two front teeth. Sometimes a diastema is caused by genetics or it could be that a person’s teeth are too small for their jaw and this causes them to be spaced too far apart.
While some gaps are tiny and barely noticeable, others are larger and can make a person feel uncomfortable about showing their smile.
The good news is that gaps in between teeth can be closed using modern dentistry that can provide multiple ways to fix gaps in your smile and help you regain your self-esteem.
Fix a Gap in The Teeth – Dental Solutions
Here at Sandstone Point Dental we often suggest clear aligners to close and fix gaps in the teeth.
Orthodontic treatment can nudge your teeth into their correct position, and this can improve your smile and facial appearance.
One of the main issues with teeth that are spaced too widely apart is that it can become difficult to maintain good oral hygiene.
- Food can get stuck in the gaps enabling bacteria to access your gums and teeth which can cause gum disease and decay.
- Gaps between the teeth can also cause chewing problems and make it hard to digest your food.
- Widely spaced teeth can also cause misalignment as adjacent teeth shift and move towards the gap. This can cause unequal pressure in the jaw muscles resulting in joint problems, jaw pain, and frequent headaches.
Orthodontic treatment can improve bite functionality and reduce pressure.
Here are some other potential solutions to fix gaps in the teeth and how clear aligners may be the best solution.
Metal braces are a traditional orthodontic treatment used to fix gaps. They are fixed permanently to the teeth and may need to be worn anywhere from 6 to 24 months. They work by applying gentle pressure to the teeth which moves them into their desired position to close gaps and create a straight smile.
Few people relish the thought of having a mouth full of brackets and wires. Furthermore, you may have to restrict your diet as certain foods can get trapped in the wires. Braces can in some cases cause irritation and pain in the mouth.
Dental veneers are customized thin shells, often made from porcelain, that are tooth-shaped. When bonded to the front surface of the teeth they effectively close gaps. For this reason, the procedure is often referred to as ‘fast orthodontic’ treatment. The downside to this procedure is that usually, a thin layer of tooth enamel has to be removed to accommodate the veneers which means the procedure cannot be reversed.
Unfortunately, veneers do nothing to address the underlying issue and will eventually need replacing in around 10 years.
Dental bonding provides a quick fix solution. It involves bonding and shaping a tooth colored resin composite onto a tooth and hardening it with a deep intensity light to fix a gap in the teeth. The treatment can be completed in one dental visit. Yet, since no tooth enamel is removed, the procedure can be reversed, if necessary.
Composite bonding only has a lifespan of around 10 years so again, it will need to be replaced.
Dental crowns typically cover a damaged tooth, but more dentists are fitting them on to teeth adjacent to a gap to create a perfectly aligned smile.
The problem with this is that healthy teeth have to be ground down to accommodate the crowns. What’s more, crowns can chip, break, and even fall off over time.
As you can see, all of these potential solutions to fix gaps in the smile have their disadvantages which is why our dentists suggest clear aligners.
Fix a Gap in the Teeth With Clear Aligners
Clear aligners are a subtle way for patients to fix gaps in their smile. Worn over the teeth like a mouthguard they are transparent and barely visible, so nobody needs to know you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. They have quickly become the most popular and removable dental appliances.
They also provide many advantages:
- No brackets and wires – Aligners move the teeth gradually like a fixed brace but without the inconvenience of brackets and wires.
- More comfortable – Customised aligners or trays are made from medical grade clear polyurethane and are more comfortable than fixed metal or ceramic braces.
- Eat and drink what you want – Because they are removed for eating and drinking, there are no dietary restrictions.
- Maintain better oral health – Aligners are removed to brush and floss the teeth.
So now you know how easy it is to fix a gap in the teeth, what method will you choose?
If you would like to discuss the best solutions for you to fix gaps in the teeth, then why not make an appointment with Sandstone Point Dental.