Gaps in your teeth may be small enough to be nearly unnoticeable, or they may be the first things strangers see when you smile. If gaps between teeth affect the way you feel about yourself, contact your dental professional. Several solutions will resolve unsightly gaps, and most are simple fixes.
What Causes Gaps Between My Teeth?
Often, when permanent teeth grow in to replace baby teeth, they come in crooked, crowded, or with gaps in between. Alternately, you may develop gaps between your teeth if you lose one or more permanent teeth to trauma, disease, or extraction. Without the pressure to hold them in place, teeth may spread out over time., causing unsightly gaps.
Many people live happily all their lives with small gaps between their teeth. For others, it’s a problem that must be corrected right away. Speak with your dental professional if you would like more information on how to correct gaps between teeth.
Are Tooth Gaps Damaging?
Having a small gap between your teeth won’t damage anything except your self-esteem. Small gaps won’t cause teeth to deteriorate or bone to recede. The exception to this rule is the gaps caused by lost teeth. Gaps left untreated after extraction will cause bone loss over time.
If you’ve always had small gaps between your front or side teeth, you may want to address them even if they’re not detrimental. They can affect the appearance of your smile, which is directly related to your level of confidence and self-esteem. Looking and feeling your best is important, and the condition of your teeth plays a large role.
What Can Be Done to Fix the Gaps in My Teeth?
Braces or aligners (like Invisalign)are typically used to fix tooth gaps. These dental devices go over your teeth and help to realign them over a period of months or years. They slowly move teeth into place, dissolving small gaps.
Dental veneers are a second option for fixing gaps between teeth. Veneers are artificial coverings that go over teeth to make them appear more perfect. There are other options available for fixing small gaps between teeth. In San Antonio, TX, Tran Dental can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.