Gaps in your teeth can be due to unusual spacing between the teeth, having unusually small teeth, or because of missing teeth. There are a number of ways to correct this including orthodontic treatment with braces to move the teeth and close the gaps, composite bonding, porcelain veneers or crowns. Where there are large gaps because of missing teeth, then tooth replacement with dental implants or bridgework is the solution of choice. Despite what you may have been told, it really is never too late to have corrective orthodontic treatment. An increasing number of adults and children choose to receive treatment to improve their smiles and align their teeth correctly. This not only optimises bite and functionality, but also facilitates easier brushing and flossing – helping you to keep your teeth healthy.
In addition to orthodontics, a gap in your teeth can be corrected with restorative treatments such as composite bonding, porcelain veneers or crowns. Larger spaces with missing teeth can be restored with dental implants or bridgework. At Advanced Dentistry we will advise which technique is the most suitable to close the gaps between your teeth with minimal loss of teeth or tooth structure; this will depend on the cause, size and location of the space, condition of adjacent teeth, your budget and personal needs. If the gaps are caused by missing teeth, then of course dental implants or bridgework are the options look at.
Modern orthodontic treatment is often used to reposition teeth that are crooked or overcrowded, as well as to close gaps between teeth and correct bite disorders. Some of the most effective options to fix a gap in teeth are:
Lingual fixed braces, placed on the inside of the teeth, are just as effective in closing a gap as conventional labial braces and are out of sight even when smiling.
Conventional labial (exterior) fixed braces offer the best value. The choice depends on personal preference and budget, as they can all achieve similar results. Traditional metal versions are less obvious than they used to be, and available with changeable coloured elastics for children. Tooth-coloured ceramic braces can be paired with clear crystal brackets that are virtually invisible.
Removable clear braces – such as the Invisalign© – are becoming increasingly popular among adult patients seeking a discreet orthodontic treatment.