GAPS IN YOUR TEETH/ SPACING
WHAT ARE GAPPED TEETH?
Gap or spaces in between your teeth may look unsightly. These spaces are most noticeable when present in front teeth. A gap in front teeth (in between incisors) is known as a “Diastema”. Children commonly have gaps in their teeth which disappear as the permanent teeth come, but the gaps may often be present in adults too. Though rarely a problem, they may look unaesthetic and you may seek treatment to improve the appearance.
WHAT CAUSES GAPPED TEETH?
There are several reasons which can lead to gapped teeth. Genetics play a major role in any kind of malocclusion. You could have inherited this feature from one of your parents. These gaps may be present since childhood after the eruption of all permanent teeth. They may develop gradually over a period of time due to various reasons like missing teeth, a tooth is smaller in size, tongue thrusting habit, periodontal disease, etc. You may also develop a diastema when there is an overgrowth of tissue or the presence of a thick labial frenum (a tissue between your front upper teeth).
TYPES OF GAPPED TEETH
● Diastema: Space of more than 0.5mm present between your front teeth
● Generalized: Gaps present between all teeth
IS IT BAD TO HAVE GAPS IN MY TEETH?
Though gaps in teeth may not necessarily pose a problem, most people want treatment to improve their smile. Gaps in your teeth may also indicate the presence of a periodontal problem or gum disease.
WHAT ARE MY TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR CORRECTING THE GAPS OR SPACES IN MY TEETH?
When opting for the cosmetic treatment for correction of the gaps in your teeth, there are various choices depending on the severity of the gaps like:
● Braces: Fixed orthodontic treatment using metal or ceramic braces is the best treatment choice for the closure of gaps.
● Surgery: Sometimes surgery may be needed to remove the overgrown labial frenum tissue to correct the gaps
● Veneers or composite: If the gaps are smaller, cosmetic options can be opted for.
● Clear Aligners: Amongst orthodontic treatment protocols, one of the most preferred options is clear aligners to close gapped teeth as they can do so without the hassle of any metal braces or wires.
Gone are the days of bulky, “rail tracks” in your mouth to beautify your smile. Clear aligners are the next best thing right now. K Clear aligners enable orthodontic teeth movement with the help of clear tray like appliances, that snugly fit your teeth and have orthodontic forces incorporated into them to correct your overbite. They are removable, transparent, plastic aligners that need to be switched out every
two weeks, as the orthodontist slowly moves your teeth into a better alignment. Apart from being invisible, they are also comfortable as they have no wires poking around. They are removable so can be conveniently removed while eating, and brushing. So you can now enjoy
your meal without your braces holding you back. It is easier to keep your teeth clean too unlike metal braces. Various studies have also shown great improvement in gum health with clear aligner treatment.
Regardless of whichever treatment option you choose, it is very to maintain proper oral hygiene. Throughout the treatment process, religiously brushing and flossing twice daily is extremely essential. So do not let your doubts cage you (like braces) from smiling wide, instead get K clear aligner treatment and smile fearlessly!