Can teeth gaps be closed without braces
Are you conscious of the gaps between your teeth? Maybe you don’t like the look of them or find that food gets trapped, causing issues with your gums. You might be looking for solutions to get them closed inexpensively, if that is the case then read this article first don’t try to do it yourself using elastic bands, we’ll explain why, there are more effective and safer ways of doing it.
Why do you have teeth gaps?
Assuming you don’t have any teeth missing, you can have gaps for different reasons:
- Some or all of your teeth are smaller than average.
- Your jaw is larger than average, leading to spacing between them.
- Both of the above.
5 teeth gaps scenarios and solutions:
- There is a gap between your side teeth and front teeth only
The most common small teeth are the lateral incisors (the upper side front teeth), these are normally rectangular but sometimes “peg shaped” and very skinny.
In this situation the best solution is to restore them to their proper size, which will rebalance the proportions of your smile. This is best done using cosmetic bonding (a non-invasive procedure) and can be done in as little as 30 minutes by a dentist. In some situations you may be better off having them straightened first with aligners and then bonded, but it varies case by case.
- There is a gap around your canines on one side
Many people are permanently missing a canine tooth, so they just have their baby canine tooth present and gaps between. If the adult canine is in too complex a place to bring into position, the best solution is often the same as above – to bond/restore the baby tooth to make it look bigger. The other teeth may need to be straightened first but this needs to be done carefully under supervision, as there’s a risk that the baby tooth which already has a tiny root could become loose.
- There is a gap between the front teeth
This is very common and can be caused for many reasons. If the front two teeth are very small, then the solution can be to bond them to improve their size then move them together.
There could also be a gap due to a small piece of gum/flesh between the teeth called a frenum – this stops the teeth moving together and sometimes needs to be removed. Often aligners can help move the teeth together to close the space, which is then held closed using retainers. Clear aligners close spaces by exerting pressure on the teeth to move them together.
They are a great alternative to improve your smile without having to use ugly elastic bands and metal train tracks.
- There are gaps between all your teeth
This would be because your teeth are too small in relation to your jaw. It would often be a good idea to use aligners, or other types of braces, to move the teeth closer together but in some situations there are bigger gaps between your top teeth compared to the bottom. This means that some spaces will need to be left at the top or towards the back, or closed with cosmetic bonding. If all the spaces were closed and there were bigger spaces at the top, the bottom could make your front teeth go behind your lower teeth, which is to be avoided.
How to fix your teeth gaps at home
- Free online assessment
To find out if you could be suitable for aligners at home, try a free assessment you can do online. Just upload 5 photos of your teeth and answer some simple questions to receive professional advice and find out if clear aligners at home could fix your specific teeth gaps.
- Smile simulation with no teeth gaps
If you’re told that clear aligners at home would be a good option to fix your teeth gaps, the next step is to order a self impression kit ‘SmileBox™’. With this, you can submit a set of impressions, which will be 3D scanned to create a simulation of your smile with straighter teeth and no teeth gaps. When you’re happy with the results you can order your clear aligners and get started with these revolutionary braces as part of your at home treatment.
Why you shouldn’t do it yourself using bands
There is a trend for DIY treatments which can be potentially dangerous. Trying to fix your teeth gaps and close them using elastic bands without the supervision of a dentist can have a dramatic impact on your oral health; from damaging your teeth, gums and bone to making your teeth more crooked and even risking tooth loss.
Make sure you seek the advice and help of a professional dentist. You wouldn’t try and move or alter another body part on your own! The same applies for your teeth. Avoid restorative treatments that would cost you a lot more money.
You see you don’t have to try dodgy home made techniques to try and fix your teeth gaps, it’s possible to get them closed without wearing brackets, at a reasonable cost, at home under the supervision of a registered dentist using custom made aligners.