Gaps Between Teeth
Are you wondering what you can do about the gaps between your teeth?
Gaps between our teeth are a nuisance, aren’t they? Gaps trap food and make us feel self conscious about our smiles. The actual treatment to fix gaps depends on what caused the gaps.
Are your teeth too small? Is your jaw too large? Have you lost teeth?
- If you have gaps (Diastema) because your teeth are too small, then enlarging your teeth with restorations will fill the gaps and give you a broader, brighter smile.
- If your jaw is too large, then moving teeth together is often the best course to close gaps and create a beautiful smile.
- If a lost tooth has created a gap, then teeth can be moved back where they used to be to correct the migration and the missing tooth can be replaced, giving you back a big, natural smile without gaps.
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Does it seem silly to spend time and money fixing these gaps?
People who have it usually think of the gaps as just a cosmetic problem.
I met a beautiful young lady the other day who said that she’d always hated the obvious gap between her two front teeth. It made her feel insecure. Her parents had refused to get it fixed when she was younger because it was just a cosmetic issue. They thought it wasn’t worth fixing.
It’s true that gaps create a cosmetic issue; however, it is not true that it is only a cosmetic issue. Gaps not only pack food, leading to gum disease over time; they also contribute to poor bite balance and can cause cracked and broken teeth. No one who has lost a tooth to gum disease, abscess or a fractured root will say that their problem is just cosmetic.
If you’re ignoring it because they’re only cosmetic, don’t forget that this cosmetic problem can have serious side effects.
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