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      Brushing and flossing may have become your habit. Yet, when you look at the mirror and smile there seems to be something that needs to be corrected. And that is when the real fear creeps in when you see that tiny gap between your teeth, widening day by day.

      And it’s true, dental gaps can widen as you age. There are many more reasons contributing to teeth gaps

      They are:

      • Uneven jaw bones and teeth: Uneven jaw bones can cause teeth to protrude, which leaves gaps between them. Also, if the incisors are uneven, gaps are formed.
      • Extended frenum: In some people, the frenum or the connective tissue between the inside of the upper lip and the gum grows with age. This extends and divides the upper incisors forming a gap in between.
      • Thumb sucking in children: Habits like thumb sucking push the upper and lower teeth outwards developing gaps between the teeth.
      • Gum problems: Gum disease, if not consulted with a periodontist, lead to tooth loss.
      • Tongue thrusting: This is usually seen as a habit developed in earlier stage of childhood which leads to teeth moving out resulting in gaps
      • Mouth breathing: Many times this condition exists without the patient not even aware of it. There can be multiple reasons for this and can lead to spacing of teeth

      And as mentioned earlier, tongue thrust happens involuntarily as a swallow reflex. Some people tend to swallow by giving a forward thrust to the front teeth. This causes the incisors to jut out and develop gaps. This finally, leads to tooth loss and broken or chipped tooth. All these can lead to gaps between teeth. However, there are treatments available to fix this.

      Treatments For Fixing Dental Gaps

      Just as its causes, there are multiple treatment options available to correct dental gaps. But, always have and expert choose the right treatment for you who can be an orthodontist or a restorative dentist.

      Dental bonding

      It is the easiest and cheapest option which can possibly be completed in one visit. Dental bonding involves the use of a composite resin material to close the gap. This will be bonded to the tooth without any invasive procedures.

      Dental implants

      It means planting a new tooth in the space. The implant is inserted into the jaw bone and the tooth is fastened on it. It is by far the best and most durable option to close tooth-wide gaps. Click here to learn more about Dental implants.

      Orthodontic treatment
      Though done generally for uneven teeth, it is helpful for fixing gaps as well. Braces align your teeth by pushing them inward, which closes the gap. There are many types of braces available on the market today, such as metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces. Another effective option is the use of aligners particularly Invisalign. Your orthodontist will choose the right one according to your need and budget constraints. Learn more about Dental braces.

      Dental veneers, crowns and bridges

      Made of porcelain, these are custom-made to match your tooth in terms of colour and shape. They are then bonded to the tooth to hide the flaws and gaps but it requires enamel removal. Learn more about dental bridges, crowns and veneers.

      When treatments are aplenty, why should you live with gapped teeth? Fix it and smile like a celebrity.