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Gaps Between Teeth After Braces
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 more
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A good thing: Usually spaces during orthodontic treatment are an indication that your orthodontic specialist has things well in hand, moving some teeth to make room to move other teeth. Sometimes, however, spaces are an indication of a slight glitch. Everyone's different, so point out your area of concern to your orthodontist, and he will be able to explain to you what's happening. ...Read more
Gaps in teeth: Gaps in teeth right after braces generally come from the space where the bands were! Sometimes, perfectly tight teeth with no spaces is not attainable and your dr did not inform you of that! The third possibility is that you have not worn your retainers 24/7 or they don't fit right! ...Read more
Possibly: Your age is not the issue. It's the reason for the gap itself, your bite, profile, and amount of room available to move your teeth. An orthodontic specialist can examine and diagnose all of the above and advise you on what can and what cannot be done. ...Read more
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 more
Diagnostic eval'tion: A lot depends upon whether or not all your teeth are smaller than average or just some teeth. We really can't give you an accurate answer without at least seeing you. If you want to know what is or is not possible, you will have to consult with an orthodontist. Even if all spaces are not closed, there are other options that may be able to accomplish this after orthodontic treatment is complete. ...Read more
Perhaps bonding?: That is a difficult question to answer without actually examining you. If the teeth are healthy and without gum problems and you practice good oral hygiene, you might be a candidate for some tooth colored composite bonding to close small spaces. You should consult your own dentist as to both your options and what would be best for your particular circumstances. ...Read more
Floss: You can usually floss the food out between your teeth. If it doesn't come out easily, tie a small knot in the floss then pull the knot between the teeth and the knot should pull the food out. The gap is probably a temporary situation while undergoing orthodontics. Speak to your orthodontist about this. ...Read more
I want to get braces done because my teeth have gaps just gaps and I am only 14. What type of braces would I need?
Ortho consult?: Discuss your wishes with your parent or guardian, and your own general dentist. If everyone is on the same page, you should see an orthodontist who can then carefully evaluate your occlusion (bite) and determine what would be the best course of treatment for you at this time. It's more important to find a trusted & skilled dentist for advice, than to wonder what type of braces would be used. ...Read more
If I have to pull out 4 teeth for braces how long would it take to close up the gap. They said ill be needing braces for 2 years?
Sounds right: If you need to have 4 teeth removed it does take time for the teeth to move properly and have the right alignment between the upper and lower teeth ...Read more
My front two teeth are crooked. There is also gap and both are in opposite direction. What should I do? I don't want to put braces
My teeth are really tiny and I have lots of gaps. Will braces pull on my teeth a bit to bring out my teeth more to make them appear larger?
He is 11 years old. His teeth are a bit crooked and they are small. He has gaps. Pretty big in between. What is the best solution? Would braces help?
Ortho consult: Have your dentist recommend an orthodontist for an evaluation. The orthodontist will decide if the time is correct to initiate treatment. ...Read more
Can I get braces if its really hard for me to chew food and My toungh sticks Out (pushes My teeth) and I have a gap between My upper and under teeth??
Of course: There are three main reasons why people seek orthodontic treatment: proper function (chewing), improve the esthetics (close gaps) and improve oral and general health. You should visit a qualified Orthodontist for consultation. ...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
Braces treatment: Is beneficial in closing gaps and correcting crooked teeth. ...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
Ask ur orthodontist: They will know exactly why you are still in treatment and explain it to you. ...Read more
Ortho Consult: See an Orthodontist and also consult your own General Dentist to see what's the best option to satisfy your esthetic requirements. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my teeth are straight and all gaps are closed between them, why do I have to keep my braces?
Orthodontist: Ask your orthodontist... they know your case better than any stranger on the internet. ...Read more
I removed my braces recently but I have a small gap between my side teeth. Will my retainers help to close this gap?
Call your dentist: This condition is usually discussed before debonding along with recommendations. Retainers are designed to retain how the condition was finished. Some type of restoration, e. g., resin can be bonded on the space to close it. ...Read more
I just finished braces, and I floss everyday. Could flossing cause gaps between teeth? Should I stop? Thanks for your time
NEVER STOP FLOSSING!: Teeth will "settle" for a couple of months after the braces come off. Occasionally, the bands (especially) will leave "space" between the teeth. These should close with time. In the meantime, you must keep the teeth clean to prevent the development of gum infection. Brushing alone won't cut it. See your orthodontist if trouble continues. ...Read more