It’s cute in little kids, but it can be a problem for self-image if it sticks around into adulthood: that gapped-tooth smile.
The good news is that this condition isn’t harmful. It’s purely a cosmetic issue. If you’re happy with the way your smile is, then that’s great.
But if you want to make a transition to a more “grown-up” look, then keep reading.
Why Gaps Happen
In childhood, it’s very common – normal, in fact – for emerging adult teeth to come in at awkward angles. These usually even out from the pressure of other teeth coming in around them.
Once in a while, however, things don’t go as planned.
A few reasons include:
As you can see, some causes are purely developmental while some are a result of pressures in their environment.
How To Bridge The Gap
Your first step should be to visit your local dentist. He or she will help you figure out what may have caused (or be causing) your smile gap. If it’s something like gum disease, that will need urgent treatment.
Without treating the underlying cause of the gap, then treatment may not work.
A few solutions for correcting gaps include:
You’ve got a lot of options to choose from if you want to enhance your smile. Contact your dentist to find out which one is right for you.
Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
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