While deciding to get the extra gap in teeth fixed, multiple questions may strike your mind for which you might want to find an answer before you take an appointment with your dentist. Following are some of the most commonly asked questions and myths regarding fixing the gap in teeth:-
How can I temporarily fix a gap in my teeth?
Dental bonding shall undergo wear and tear with time and therefore will require repeat visits to your dentist.
Removable partial dentures can be worn and unworn. The concerns with the removable partial dentures are that it may affect your speech, taste buds, oral infection etc.
Can braces make teeth worse?
Like any other medical treatment, braces also have side effects, which are as follows:-
- Pain in the teeth and jaw
- Resorption of the tooth root may happen
- Decalcification of the teeth
- Irritation in the jaw
Your dentist shall consider these signs and symptoms before and during the treatment and shall take appropriate actions as and when required2Talic, N. F. (2011, April). 'Adverse effects of orthodontic treatment: A clinical perspective' Source
How can I get rid of the gap in my teeth at home?
People use elastic bands (gap band) to fix the gap in teeth without consulting a dentist; however, it is not recommended as it can cause irreversible damage to tissue surrounding the tooth. This can make your teeth unstable, and therefore it is strongly advised to visit a dentist to get your gap in teeth fixed3RG;, M. V. (1988). 'Severe localized destruction of the periodontium secondary to subgingival displacement of an elastic band. Report of a case' Source
Gap in teeth may get relapsed. How to prevent it?
Fixing the gap in teeth with braces can be understood with the help of the following example:-
- Take a rubber band and stretch it. For the first time, leave the stretched rubber band by taking your hands off it
- In the second case, stretch the rubber band again but this time, release it slowly
What can we expect in the above 2 cases. In the first case, where the hands were taken off the rubber band, it relapsed to its original shape quickly however, in the second case, where the rubber band was released slowly, the relapse was also slow.
Braces also work on the same principle. It is the force that brings the teeth together to fix the gap. Retainers are like our hands, which hold up the teeth (rubber). If, after removing the braces, the retainers are not worn regularly, the teeth shall try to return back to its original position and the gap in teeth may appear again4J;, S. D. (1999). Relapse after orthodontic correction of maxillary median diastema: A follow-up evaluation of consecutive cases. Source however, with retainers, the teeth shall remain in its new place and the gap will not get created again5JM Bapat, S., Singh, C., & Bandejiya, P. (2017). Closing a Large Maxillary Median Diastema using Bapat Power Arm. Source,6JP;, B. J. (2005). Orthodontic bonded retainers. Source
Is it normal to have spacing in teeth in childhood? Can teeth gaps close naturally?
Spacing in milk teeth is considered normal. Even when permanent teeth replace milk teeth (during 7 to 12 years of age), spacing can develop, which gets fixed on its own when sharp corner teeth (canines) grow. However, in some cases, space may still remain and shall require a dental procedure for fix the gap in teeth7SE;, B. (n.d.). Management of diastemas in orthodontics. Source
Is it True that the Gap in Teeth Increase with Age?
Yes, in some cases it has been seen that the gap in teeth shall increase as you age. The main factor responsible for this is 'tongue thrust'.
Tongue thrust is pushing of the front teeth with the tongue while swallowing. Frequent pressure on the front teeth leads to creation of gap in teeth8Jaija, A. M., El-Beialy, A. R., & Mostafa, Y. A. (2016) Revisiting the Factors Underlying Maxillary Midline Diastema. Source.
Why do I have Gap in Teeth?
A gap in teeth can be caused because of the following factors:-
- Genetics - If someone in your family already has gap in teeth, there are high chances that the child may also have the same
- Sucking of thumb
- Undersized or missing incisors
- Habit of breathing from mouth
- Labial Frenum abnormality
- Tongue piercing
- Pathological migration of tooth
- Recession of gingiva
- 1S;, O. A. (2011). Diastema:
Correction of excessive spaces in the esthetic zone.
Retrieved November 7, 2020, from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21473993/
- 2Talic, N. F. (2011, April).
Adverse effects of orthodontic treatment: A clinical perspective.
Retrieved November 7, 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3770235/
- 3RG;, M. V. (1988).
Severe localized destruction of the periodontium secondary to subgingival displacement of an elastic band. Report of a case.
Retrieved November 7, 2020, from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3166061/
- 4J;, S. D. (1999).
Relapse after orthodontic correction of maxillary median diastema: A follow-up evaluation of consecutive cases.
Retrieved November 7, 2020, from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10371432
- 5M Bapat, S., Singh, C., & Bandejiya, P. (2017).
Closing a Large Maxillary Median Diastema using Bapat Power Arm.
Retrieved November 7, 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5571393
- 6SE;, B. (n.d.).
Management of diastemas in orthodontics.
Retrieved November 7, 2020, from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/4500187/
- 7Jaija, A. M., El-Beialy, A. R., & Mostafa, Y. A. (2016).
Revisiting the Factors Underlying Maxillary Midline Diastema.
Retrieved November 7, 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4846765/