Gaps in front teeth aren’t uncommon. Sometimes they can cause issues or make a person feel self-conscious. If you do not want to commit to braces because of time, cost and appearance, you’re not alone. Luckily there are ways to fix a gap in front teeth without braces. That is what we will be discussing in this article. We talk about three different options for fixing gaps and the reason gaps may appear in the first place.
What causes gaps between teeth?
A space or gap between teeth is known as a diastema. A gap can appear between any teeth but is most likely between the front two. Here are some possible reasons for that gap appearing:
- Jawbone size: if your jawbone is too big for your teeth there may be extra space between your teeth.
- Missing teeth: a missing tooth can cause the surrounding teeth to drift out of place and create a gap.
- Undersized teeth: teeth that are undersized can also create movement. This is because the surrounding teeth shift, leaving space behind.
- Oversized labial frenum: this is the little piece of tissue that connects your top lip to the top gum). If this grows too large it can intrude on the space between your front teeth and create a gap.
- Habits: believe it or not, habits like thumb sucking can cause gaps between your teeth.
- Swallowing reflex: when swallowing, our natural reflex should be to place our tongue on the roof of our mouth. Some people do not have this reflex, instead pressing their tongue onto the front teeth. This pressure can create a gap over time.
- Gum disease: this can cause your jawbone to weaken, and your gums to recede. Your jawbone supports your teeth, so any loss of bone can cause your teeth to move.
Many people find their front tooth gap appealing. If it doesn’t bother you that is fantastic, however, you should still get it checked out by your dentist.
How to fix a gap in front teeth without braces?
There are several different ways to fix a gap in your front teeth without using braces. We have compiled a list of the four most common ways:
Dental bonding is a quick and easy way to fix your front tooth gap. A tooth-coloured resin is attached to your teeth and moulded to fit the shape required. It is hardened with a special light. You can also use this to fix a small chip or crack in your teeth. Dental bonding can be done in one single visit. It is not invasive and can be reversible if required. However, this does mean it will require maintenance and may need replacing over time.
Veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment. They allow you to transform your entire smile changing the look, colour and even the appearance of the alignment of your teeth. You can use veneers to fix gaps in your teeth.
Veneers are thin covers that are permanently fixed to the front of your teeth. To apply veneers, your dentist needs to remove a thin layer of enamel (this is the outermost substance on your teeth) to make room for the veneers. This means the process is irreversible. Good quality veneers that are applied well can last many years. It usually requires a few trips to the dentist, as your veneers are custom made.
A crown is a cap that sits over an existing tooth, usually for protection. They can be used to fix gaps though. Crowns are made to match the colour of your existing teeth. They are strong and can last many years when well taken care of.
A crown procedure will require two trips to the dentist. At the first visit, your dentist will take an impression of your tooth which they send to a specialised lab to custom make your crown. They will then prepare your tooth to make room for the crown and place a temporary cap on your tooth. On the second visit, your crown is bonded in place. The process ends with your dentist checking the appearance and alignment of your new crown.
Schedule an appointment with your dentist
If you’re feeling self-conscious or worried about a gap in your teeth we can help. At The Dental Family Beaumaris, patient comfort is our utmost priority. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today. We can discuss different treatment options to fix a gap in front teeth without braces.