Many children and teenagers have gaps between their teeth. If they are big enough, these can become unsightly and may even be the cause of stress, anxiety, and depression. The good news is that there are a number of dental treatments that can fix this issue.
How Do These Gaps Happen?
So, how do gaps between the teeth occur? Here are the common causes:
- When children suck their thumbs, this can place pressure on the teeth and cause them to move so that gaps are formed
- Periodontal disease that affects the gums and the teeth can lead to extractions and a loss of bone density that causes unsightly gaps
- When a child sucks a pacifier for too long, it can place pressure on teeth and cause them to move and cause gaps
How Can These Gaps Be Fixed?
The good news is that gaps between teeth, even the large ones, can be fixed and a great smile restored that doesn’t cause embarrassment. This is how a dentist can fix gaps between teeth:
- Teeth gap bands: These are similar to rubber bands that are fitted around the teeth that are to be pulled together. They work relatively quickly and results can be seen between three to six months.
- Dental bonding: In this treatment, the dentist places a special resin on the tooth and then builds it up so that it closes the gap.
- Dental veneers: Often made of porcelain, veneers are thin shells that can be fitted to the front of teeth covering unsightly gaps. This is how many celebrities gain their bright white smiles.
- Implants: If there are teeth that are missing, damaged, or extracted, dental implants can fix the gaps. By replacing missing teeth with implants, the gaps can be closed over.
If you’ve been living with the shame of having gaps between your teeth, the good news is that dentists provide a wide range of treatment options.