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A 16-year-old female asked:

What do i do about a space in my front teeth? it is not a gap but it is a small space that i do want to be straight. somebody said that braces wasn't necessary because it's only a small space so what do i do?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Diastema: That diastema may be genetic in nature, could be because of your occlusion. The best way to get that space closed is via orthodontics. A less desirable alternative is cosmetic bonding, but that often chips off and in the long run probably will not hold up. Seek a consultation with a local orthodontist for your options.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Space: May be caused by your upper 4 teeth being a bit oo narrow or the lower 4 a bit too wide, called a Bolton Discrepancy. Could be because of malpositioned teeth (malocclusion) or extra-heavy connective tissue (frenum) between our upper front teeth. Sometimes best solution is melding of Orthodontics and restorative dentistry. Consult w both an Orthodontist and a General Dentist.
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Last updated Oct 7, 2020

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