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Gap Between My Teeth
Calculus: That's what dentists call tarter. It's calcium filled dead bacteria adhering to your teeth. It causes gum ; bone recession, and acts as a trap on which more bacteria can adhere, further damaging gums. You can't remove calculus. Dentist or hygienist has to do it for you, then show you how to keep it from coming back. ...Read more
Gaps between teeth: Usually exist due to a deep bite, large tongue, tongue thrust habit, small teeth, TMJ problem.., to name a few. Ideally, it is better to find out the etiology why the condition exists to prevent failure of treatment and achieve lasting restoration (if needed on top of ortho treatment). Bonding can work & cheapergap if the bite is within normal limits and not merely caused by teeth size discrepancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Moving teeth is sometimes the easier part. Retention is harder especially keeping a spaced closed. If you have a space between your 2 front teeth and want to keep it because it is part of your "character" or feel it will change your smile too much, i'm sure the orthodontist would be happy not to have to close the space. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diastema: Absolutely. In fact, space closure is one of the easiest movements performed with orthodontic treatment. And, to be sure that your spaces remain closed after treatment, you must wear you retainers faithfully as directed by your orthodontist. Many patients find it more desirable to wear retainers that are fixed behind your teeth. Ask your orthodontist about this at the end of your treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ideally no: The goal of orthodontics is to put the teeth in the correct position with no gaps. Sometimes during treatment gaps may temporarily open up as the teeth are moved. Ideally these should all be closed before treatment is completed . In some cases if the teeth are overly small some gaps may need to be left. This can usually be predicted in advance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I know that if i go to the dentist he/she will clean the gap between my teeth, but can I do it by myself at home?
You can try..: But if the space has calculus (hardened bacterial deposits) you will never get it off. You need the correct instruments and training to do so. That being said, see your local dentist for a thorough exam and cleaning, and then you can maintain your oral health at home between professional visits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The gap between my teeth is re-opening after 10 years of wearing my retainer almost every night.Flossing makes it worse.What causes this/what do I do?
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