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A 24-year-old male asked:

I have a very small gap in my front teeth. do i need to use braces to close it or using filling will do?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
How small ?: Remember, after your teeth are bonded, they will appear slightly wider and may throw off proportionality. Bonding also stains and chips off, so you'll be redoing the restorations now and then. Orthodontics may offer you a better option, but your own dentist will need to explain this to you. Seek a second opinion if necessary.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Gap: Closing gap in the middle opens 2 half sized spaces on the far side of the teeth to be moved. Please discuss options w BOTH your restorative Dentist and a specialist Orthodontist. Working together they can provide you with the most esthetic, most stable, most long lasting solution.
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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 44 years experience
Complex Question: Treatment recommended to close the gap may depend on how large the gap (diastema) is between the teeth, if there is crowding in the adjacent teeth, the size of the two front teeth, if there is any decay or existing restoration in the two front teeth, as well as if there is any abnormal position of the labial frenum (tissue attachment between the two front teeth). See a dentist for evaluation.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What can I get besides braces to close a gap in my front teeth?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Felicia Mata
Cosmetic Dentistry 27 years experience
Veneers or Bonding: If your occlusion or bite is within normal limits and the distance of the gap won't compromise the aesthetic appearance of the cosmetic work, you can be a candidate for bonding or veneers.
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A female asked:

Can I get braces to close small gaps on the side of my teeth?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Yes but: A lot depends upon the occlusion (the bite or how your teeth fit together and why you have the small spaces. You may also be a candidate for bonding of acrylic to close the spaces. I would consider more than one opinion.
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Last updated Apr 12, 2020

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