Learn More About Tooth Gaps: Causes, Solutions, And FAQ's
With our tooth gap treatments, we can help you achieve a beautiful, gap-free smile
Common Causes of Tooth Gaps
There are many reasons why tooth gaps may form. Some of the most common include:
- Hereditary factors:
Gappy teeth can run in the family. Families with small teeth or large jaws may pass this trait on to their children, which makes the likelihood of having the same problem higher.
- Childhood habits:
Children with bad habits such as thumb sucking or using a pacifier can put pressure on their teeth and cause them to shift forward and move away from each other.
- The size of teeth is small in relation to the jaw bone:
If you have undersized teeth, they may not fill up the entire jaw, causing extra space and gaps.
- Tooth loss:
This can occur due to tooth decay, gum disease, or other dental problems. When this happens, there will be a space where the tooth used to be.
- Frenum issues:
This is a small piece of tissue that attaches the lip to the gums. If it’s too large, it can cause a gap between the two front teeth. The excess tissue can be removed surgically and with orthodontic treatment, the diastema can be closed.
- Missing teeth:
There are instances where people do not develop certain permanent teeth. As a result, gaps may form between teeth.
Dental Services that Can Address Tooth Gaps
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells attached to your natural teeth through bonding.
Veneers are one way our dental team can close the gaps and improve the appearance of your teeth. They can modify the size of teeth and close gaps between teeth.
Dental crowns are caps placed over your existing teeth to restore their shape, function, and appearance.
With our dental crowns, we can fill in the gaps between your teeth, giving you a smile you’ll love.
A smile makeover is a combination of treatments that can address your aesthetic smile concerns, including gaps between teeth.
Our team of dentists will work with you to create a customised treatment plan that meets your smile goals.
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If gaps between teeth are not closed, they can cause:
- Food accumulation between teeth
- Difficulty cleaning the gaps between teeth properly
- An increased risk of gum or periodontal disease and tooth decay
- Difficulty with chewing and speaking
- Tooth migration and an abnormal bite
- Lack of confidence and self-esteem
The main reason for closing tooth gaps is for oral health benefits, but there are also cosmetic ones. Doing so can:
- Improve your oral hygiene and dental health.
- Avoid future dental problems and expensive procedures.
- Give you confidence with your smile.
- Correct bite disorders and improve speech.
The length of treatment will depend on the type of service you receive. Orthodontic treatment, such as clear aligners, usually takes several months to a few years.
The duration is shorter for dental crowns and veneers. You can usually see results after one to three visits. Your dentists will be able to give you a more accurate estimate.
The best way to prevent gappy teeth is to practise good oral hygiene and avoid losing your teeth. When tooth loss occurs, the nearby teeth can shift, causing gaps to form.
Remember to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. It is also recommended to floss daily. Limit your intake of acidic and sugary foods that can damage your teeth. Lastly, visit the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.