Dental Tips Blog

Dec
24

Why Do I Have So Many Gaps Between My Teeth?

Posted in Braces

Having multiple spaces between your teeth can make you self-conscious about your smile. Why do you have so many gaps? There are a few possible reasons.

Missing Teeth

If you were born with one or two congenitally-missing permanent teeth, this can lead to increased spacing between the rest of them. The same is true of losing teeth to trauma or disease. Over time, the remaining teeth will shift their positions, opening up more spaces across your smile.

Naturally Small Teeth

Genetics and certain health conditions can result in teeth that are proportionately too small for the mouth. They may be evenly spaced and healthy, but such teeth can have large gaps of empty space between one another.

Enamel Erosion or Decay

Your teeth may appear to have widening gaps between them because they’re being actively worn away. Rough tooth brushing, excessive acid exposure, and cavities can all cause enamel to erode.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that attacks the bone and gum tissue around tooth roots. As teeth lose support, they drift out of alignment and the gums shrink away. This can make them start to look flared-out and widely spaced.

How to Fix Gaps Between Your Teeth

Get started by scheduling a checkup with your local dentist. This will determine whether the gaps in your smile are caused by disease. Once your mouth is free of infection, your dentist will recommend cosmetic treatments to decrease the spacing between your teeth.

Treatment may include:

  • Physically closing the distance between teeth with braces
  • Hiding gaps with dental veneers or dental bonding
  • Enlarging teeth by capping them with dental crowns
  • Gum grafting to restore lost tissue

Contact your dentist today to schedule consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Broad Street Braces
2010 South Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
213-234-3030

Jun
18

5 Ways to Close Up a Gap Between Front Teeth

Posted in Braces

Gapped front teeth are often associated with young kids’ cute smiles. Unless you’re comfortable with such a unique look, you might be embarrassed by your gap-toothed grin.

Here are five options to consider for closing up that space between your front teeth and dressing up your smile.

Braces

You might not like the idea of getting braces just to fix two teeth. But you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that you only have to wear braces on your front teeth for a few short months. Accelerated orthodontic treatment goes by fast when there’s only one small problem to fix.

Clear Orthodontic Aligners

As an alternative to braces, your dentist may recommend that you wear a clear tray like Invisalign. This is a good treatment option when braces would be “too much.”

Dental Crowns

Do your teeth look gapped because one or more of your front teeth are too small?

You can enlarge and strengthen tiny front teeth by capping them with beautiful dental crowns. These restorations can help close up unsightly gaps in the process.

Dental Veneers

Unlike dental crowns which cap entire teeth, veneers only cover the front part of your smile. This makes them a conservative treatment option for closing up gaps.

Dental Bonding

If you have only a very slight gap between teeth, your dentist may be able to patch it up with a little dental bonding. This procedure simply involves applying tooth-colored filling material to the sides of one or more teeth to reshape them.

Dental bonding is the fastest option for closing up a gap between teeth.

Which option is best for your smile? Find out by scheduling a consultation with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

Aug
22

5 Signs You Might Need Braces

Posted in Braces

You can probably think of a few things that are more fun than getting braces. But orthodontics are the key to a healthier and more beautiful smile for millions of kids and adults.

Here are a few signs that could mean it’s time for you to think about straightening your teeth.

Crowded Teeth

Teeth that overlap are constantly catching food bits and trapping stain. They’re also prone to diseases like decay and gingivitis. Crowding is very common in lower front teeth where no one really notices. But these teeth are still important to your health and smile.

Lower Teeth Close Over the Front of Upper Teeth

This makes up what’s called a crossbite. A healthy and well-balanced bite means that your upper teeth should slightly overlap the lower ones. If your teeth do the opposite, they could be experiencing premature wear and stress.

Difficulty Biting and Chewing

Can’t imagine biting into a juicy apple or buttered corn-on-the-cob? Do you innately avoid whole sandwiches and giant burritos? If you can’t enjoy properly biting into food, then tooth alignment may be to blame.

Jaw Pain

There are many little factors which contribute to TMJ problems. One of those could be an uneven bite. If one side of your mouth closes sooner than the other due to crooked teeth, this can unevenly strain your TMJ, leading to joint discomfort.

Gaps

Some gaps are cute and others, well, you wish didn’t make you look like a little kid. Braces are often the best solution for closing up unwanted gaps.

Contact your dentist today to schedule a consultation and ask whether braces or an orthodontic aligner are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Mar
27

Gap Between Front Teeth – Why it Happens and How to Fix It

Posted in Braces

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:

  • Missing teeth on either side
  • Teeth are undersized or the jaw is too large
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Tongue-thrusting while swallowing
  • Tissue connecting the lip to the gums comes down too low between teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Tight muscles between the teeth

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:

  • Braces
  • Invisible aligner trays
  • Veneers
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental bonding
  • Reshaping gum tissue and attachments
  • Implants or partial dentures to replace missing teeth
  • Trimming tight muscles around the teeth

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
(770) 993-7118

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