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Gap Front Teeth
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Closing gaps: If the gap is especially wide, or you have multiple cosmetic issues to correct, your dentist may recommend braces or other options. If the teeth in question are damaged, then cosmetic dental crowns or veneers may be recommended with or without braces. However, if you simply want to close a small gap, bonding might be a good option. ...Read more
Ask Orthodontist: Ask your orthodontist why you have the gap and can he\she correct it? Why is there a gap? Were there orthodontic limitations? Did you follow all directions? Did you wear your retainer(s) conscientiously? It's probably not too late to have it corrected. Find out your options. ...Read more
Diastema: There is no one "best way" to close a space between teeth. Sometimes the space if not too big can be closed simply with tooth colored composite bonding on both adjacent teeth of the space. Porcelain laminate veneers or all ceramic crowns are also used with bigger spaces with heavily filled teeth. Each case is unique. Ortho alone might be best or combination of Ortho and restorations 4 best result ...Read more
Broke my jaw, have had it wired shut for almost 6 weeks now. Small gap in front teeth from wires pulling, should I be concerned?
Ask your doctor: Unless the situation is observed clinically, it would be hard to say for sure. Please check with your doctor. ...Read more
I wore braces for 4 years.Removed them last April,and my Dr told me to wear retainers 24*7.i didn't wear them,now i got gaps in front teeth,wt to do?
Retention: Retention is an active part of your Orthodontic care. There were good and just reasons for your treating Dentist or specialist Orthodontist's recommendation. Your choices are to return to your Orthodontist for active treatment to revise and then an intensive retention program, or accept that your teeth have moved and will continue to do so. ...Read more
Have white spot w/yellow in middle between gap of front teeth (both teeth) for many yrs. Had Xrays but dentist didn't bring that 1 up. Is it a stain?
Depends on size: It sounds easy to just fill-in your gap or just pull the tooth teeth together. But filling the gap could result in teeth that are too big. Just pulling 2 teeth together may produce spaces on the other side of them. In other words, this question requires an individual examination with an orthodontist. ...Read more
Invisalign: Its impossible to give you an idea of length of treatment without an evaluation. It really depends on how big of a gap you have and whether or not the bite will be affected while closing the gap. The best thing to do is get an orthodontic exam and discuss your options. ...Read more
i do have a gap on my front teeth can i use anything to close it or do i need to see dentist i am 40 years old?
Choices: Depending on size of gap, shape and size of teeth, contact with adjacent and opposing teeth, and consistency and shape of supporting teeth and bone, Space can be closed by moving teeth, reshaping teeth, or both. Talk to your Dentist and an Orthodontic Specialist for best advice as to how to proceed ...Read more
I have gaps in my front teeth and either side of the tooth to the right of them, would fillings work or hide the gaps?
It can be done, but.: Whether or not it should be done, is a very different question. It depends upon many factors, such as your bite, health of your teeth and gums, amount of spacing, symmetry, long term prognosis, your expectations, etc. I suggest that you discuss all your options, along with pros and cons and costs of each with a dentist who can actually examine you and see x-rays of your teeth. ...Read more
I have a small tooth gap between my front teeth but it's bothering me so much, i don't want my wisdom teeth to cause over crowding.?
Two issues: If the gap between your two front teeth is small and you are unhappy with it, ask your dentist about having some tooth colored bonded composites placed to close the gap. Other options would be orthodontics and retention or laminates. Personally, i would probably go with the bonding. It's simple, relatively inexpensive and reversible. ...Read more
My son has a big gap between his front teeth he does not want it's about 5mm long and he is 13 how do I fix this, the rest of his teeth are straight ?
Coordinated Rx: Space may be due to malpositioned teeth, narrower than normal upper teeth (especially the lateral incisors, the teeth nest to the middle ones), overly thick tissue between upper front teeth, extra diminutive tooth up in the gums between front teeth, or other reasons. Have your dentist coordinate rx with orthodontist and possibly periodontist. Solution is determined by the problem. ...Read more
Have a gap in my front teeth getting worse as I get older. Dentist has told me since my teeth are naturally wide and short fixing it could look weird?
Check it out: Get an opinion from a cosmetic dentist. There are many options that are now available for improving the look of your teeth ...Read more
Depends: Remember child inheriting genes from 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 16 great grandparents, etc. Add to that environmental concerns, such as digit habits, and it's quite a complex situation. However, the probability is fairly high, so expect to take your child for their 1st orthodontic check-up at age 7. ...Read more
I have a gap between my front teeth, i've been told it should close up, i've had it since i were little, will it close up? Should i see a dentist?
You are 16. It probably won't close up on its own. See your dentist.
Frequently we have to remove some of the dense connective tissue around the teetn and use some minor orthodontic appliances to close the space.
If the space is really small, we can sometimes just bond some composit material to the teeth to close the space. ...Read more
What are the options to fix a gap between my teeth or than orthodontia? My teeth are straight, but I have a gap between my front teeth that i hate. What kind of options do I have to fix it?
Depending on how large the gap is, you can eith have dental bonding placed or you can have veneers fabricated.
The bonding is not as durable as the veneers, will not last as long, but will cost less. The veneers will most likely require some removal of tooth structure, making the procedure irreversible.
If the gap is large, making your teeth wider may change their appearance to the point where the teeth look too big. Talk to your dentist about the pros and cons of each procedure and what would be best in your situation. ...Read more
I have a very small gap in my front teeth. Do I need to use braces to close it or using filling will do?
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. ...Read more
Labial frenectomy daughter is 20 years old there is no gap between her front teeth is this procedure necessary?
Periodontist: If at twenty there is no space between the teeth, there is no orthodontic reason to have the procedure. If the pull of the muscle tissue is causing recession of the gum tissue then a periodontist should be consulted, and if they feel it is in the best interest of the patient: they should do it. ...Read more
Is it necessary for composite resin to cover the whole front tooth surface when it is used to fill in gaps where the front teeth meet the gumline?
Interproximal gaps: While it is not necessary to cover the entire surface of front teeth when closing the gingival interproximal spaces, it is often done for three very important reasons. First, in order to gain more bonding strength. Second, to harmonize better tooth contours & third to have the bonding blend in with the rest of the tooth so as to make it practically 'invisible'. More critical with larger spaces. ...Read more
I have a gap in my front teeth and a lil gum separating them. I got my braces and it's closed but the gums became puffy and big (behind & in front)?
I had braces to close the gap between my front teeth and immediately after the braces came off,I had bonded retainers though I still had a mild gap. Now as they broke, I have the hawley retainers which are active so will they close the remaining gap?
Will removing gum close my gap? I have a small gap between my front teeth. The last time i was at the dentist the dr. Said that it was caused by the gum between the two teeth being too thick, but that i could have a procedure to remove it.
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The : The skin you are referring to is called a frenum. Most gaps are not caused by the frenum, but the frenum sometimes gets in the way of closing the gap, or tends to re-open the gap once it is closed. If you want to close the gap somewhat you first have to understand why you have the gap. Is it because your teeth are too small or is your tongue thrusting your front teeth too far forward? If you don't eliminate the cause the gap will tend to re-open even if you have the frenum removed. ...Read more
I have a gap between my front teeth and some crooked teeth and a overbite do I need braces if I do why how and care for them?
Put teeth where they belong they:
1. Look better
2. Work better
3. Reduce aberrant wear
4. Protect the tempro-mandibular joints
5. Are easier to clean, therefore
a. Less cavities
b. Less gum disease
please see an orthodontic specialist to discuss your problems, treatment options, and care instructions. You'll be glad you did. ...Read more
I've had braces for 19 mo. My orthodontist says I need a fernectomy to finish closing a gap in my front teeth before he can finish. Is this correct?
Maybe: Do you trust your orthodontist? If he or she is recommeding this minor procedure to complete your case, it seems reasonable. ...Read more