Teeth spacing is a very common concern we see on a day to day basis. Whether it be spacing, gaps (also known as diastema), or missing teeth, there are several treatment options available to assist you with addressing your concerns, if it is a concern at all. In this day and age, we are all about self love and accepting who we are. Though, I do agree, I also believe in doing what you need to do to love yourself.
Don't get me wrong - some people absolutely rock the gap! Others want it completely shut or even minimized. Rest assured that there are a number of treatment options available to help you get the smile you've always wanted if you're concerned about the space between your teeth. In this article, we'll explore the causes of tooth gaps and discuss the treatment approaches to address this common dental concern.
What causes tooth gaps?
Gaps between teeth can occur due to various reasons such as:
- Natural Tooth Shape: Some individuals naturally have spaces between their teeth due to the size and shape of their teeth or their genetics.
- Missing Teeth: Gaps can result from missing teeth, leading to a shift of the adjacent teeth.
- Gum Disease: Periodontal issues can cause gum recession, leading to gaps between teeth.
What can I do about my Gaps?
There are several treatment options for addressing gaps in your smile. The suitability of each treatment will need to be determined by your dentist. Here are some potential options:
Dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin to the surface of the teeth, filling in the gaps. This is a quick, minimally invasive and a more financially viable option.
Braces or clear aligners (such as Invisalign) can gradually shift teeth into their proper positions and close unwanted gaps or spacing. Used in conjunction with IPR (interproximal shaving), this is a great and effective option to remove gaps.
Porcelain Veneers are thin, custom-made shells placed over the front of teeth. They can cover small gaps and provide an aesthetically pleasing result.
Dental Implants or Bridges
For gaps due to missing teeth, implants or bridges can fill the space, providing a more permanent solution.
Retainers can be used to maintain the position of teeth after orthodontic treatment, preventing the recurrence of gaps.
Consult with a Dentist
A consultation with a dentist or orthodontist is crucial in determining the most suitable treatment for your specific case. Your dentist will consider your dental health, the cause of the gap, and make recommendations based on your desired outcome.
Gaps between teeth can be addressed effectively with various treatment options, catering to individual needs and preferences. A personalized approach as well as a consultation with a dental professional can help you achieve a confident, gap-free smile that you'll be proud to show off.
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