If you have noticeable spaces between your gnashers, you may be wondering how to fix gaps in teeth. Whether your spacing is small or you have big gaps, gappy teeth can seriously kill your self-confidence, making you reluctant to flash your super smile. You could, however, love your trademark gap teeth and work it with all the superstar confidence of a gap-rocking A-list celeb like Seal, Vanessa Paradis, or Madonna. But, if your gappy grin is making you feel more miserable girl than Material Girl, it would be a good idea to investigate how to correct the gaps in your teeth.
Looking into fixing gaps in teeth and straightening out your smile will not only crank your confidence up a notch or two, but it’ll do wonders for your oral hygiene. At SmartSmileCo, we love helping our customers achieve straight, sparkling smiles. So, why not start your free online assessment today and get ready to show off your new gap-free grin.
What Causes Gaps in Teeth?
Although gaps can appear between any two teeth (known as diastema), it’s more common to experience spacing between your upper front teeth. Here are a few possible reasons for your gappy smile:
If your teeth are too small or you have some missing, your teeth can shift to fill the empty spaces. However, this unwanted movement just creates other gaps.
It’s possible your jawbone and the size of your teeth are out of proportion. And this mismatch may result in a spacing issue.
If you have a gap between your two front teeth, your labial frenum may be oversized. You’ll probably see the piece of tissue between your two teeth if your labial frenum is too large.
Gum disease can result in a weakened and receding jawbone. This loss of bone can cause your teeth to become unstable and potentially move over time.
Habits such as thumb sucking or pen sucking can shift front teeth forwards, creating a spacing issue.
Your gap teeth could be caused by an incorrect swallowing reflex. If you thrust your tongue forward against your front teeth every time you swallow, rather than pressing it against the roof of your mouth, this pressure on your front teeth is likely to result in tooth movement and the development of gaps.
Why Get Rid of Teeth Gaps?
Not only a confidence killer, but a smile with gaps can also cause some pretty problematic dental health issues.
Having gaps between your teeth can result in tooth decay, gum disease and gingivitis. Even with a comprehensive teeth-cleaning routine, gaps allow the potential for food particles to sit between your pearly whites, producing an unwanted build-up of bacteria and plaque in your mouth.
Gaps in Teeth — Treatment Options
Cosmetic bonding is the quickest way to close an unwanted gap between your teeth. During the dental bonding treatment, a conditioning gel is applied to roughen teeth and help the bonding material to stick. Your opening is then filled to match your other teeth by applying and shaping a composite resin and curing with a UV light.
Although cosmetic bonding is the fastest way to fill a small gap, it’s only a cosmetic solution and not a permanent one. The composite resin will likely wear away and stain over time, so you’ll probably have to address your issue again.
When exploring ways of fixing gaps in your teeth, you may want to consider porcelain veneers. Like dental bonding, porcelain veneers are another cosmetic way to close those unsightly tooth gaps.
Having veneers fitted is a bit like having a porcelain front cover permanently placed over your problem teeth. This porcelain cover will be shaped to match your other teeth, and colour matched too, so any veneers you have will blend in with your natural gnashers. Once bonded in place, your veneer will close any gaps and mask any flaws.
Although veneers offer a fantastic cosmetic result, the process is expensive, irreversible, and relatively invasive. So, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
As mentioned, porcelain veneers are permanent and can’t be removed. This is because a sometimes significant layer of enamel is taken from teeth to attach the veneer. Without the protection of the veneer or your enamel, your exposed teeth would be extremely sensitive and cause you substantial pain.
For closing wider gaps or permanently sorting out your spacing issue without having to damage your natural teeth, orthodontic treatment is an effective choice. Although a more prolonged treatment than the cosmetic options mentioned above, orthodontics is corrective, giving you a naturally beautiful, gap-free smile.
Of course, you can choose to wear a fixed metal brace during your orthodontic treatment. Or you can opt for clear, removable aligners to correct your arch and close your gaps. Clear, plastic aligners are a popular, pain-free, and cost-effective way to a gap-free grin.
SmartSmileCo aligners apply gentle pressure to your teeth to move them into their ideal alignment, safely straightening your teeth and closing any spaces. And as they’re made from the most transparent aligner plastics, it’s likely no one will even notice you’re wearing them during your treatment.
Clear aligners are also removable, which means you can take them out to eat and clean your teeth. No mouth full of metal, no enamel destruction and no resin staining to look forward to.
How to Fix Gaps in Your Teeth Conveniently from Home
With SmartSmileCo, getting the brilliant gap-free beam you’ve always wanted couldn’t be easier:
Carry out our free assessment, and we’ll let you know if clear aligners will transform your smile.
Order your SmartSmileCo Impression Kit online, follow the instructions and return the impressions you take of your teeth to us. We’ll then create an accurate 3D plan of your pearly whites to show how great your gap-free grin will look.
Just ten days after your plan has been approved, you can expect to receive your orthodontist-endorsed treatment plan and clear aligners through the post. And you’re ready to correct the gaps between your teeth.
Are your gappy teeth making you feel miserable? Want to find out more about how to fix gaps in teeth at home with comfortable, clear aligners? Start your smile transformation today with our Impression Kit and get ready for a gorgeous gap-free grin.