Fix teeth gaps without braces (easier than you think).
Dr. Todd Ehrler
Table of Contents
- Gap Teeth
- Are Braces Necessary?
- Ways for Treatment
- Aligners for Gap Teeth
Gaps can form anywhere along your smile. They're often most noticeable when they crop up between your top two teeth. The gap gleams each time you smile, talk, or eat. And sometimes, that space allows fluids to fly out of your mouth at the most inopportune times.
Braces can help to correct gapped teeth. But there are several competing tools, including crowns, bonding, veneers, and aligners that can do the job just as well. And sometimes, these alternative treatments come with a lower price tag and less pain than braces.
Why fix your gap teeth?
In some cultures, gaps are considered lucky, unusual, or beautiful. But in the United States, many people opt to fix a smile with gaps. In one informal study, a dentist reported that 6,000 new patients in one year requested a gap closure.
Gaps are attention-getting. If you want people to notice your beauty, rather than homing in on one part of your mouth, seeking out smile help makes sense.
Gaps can also lead to problems, such as:
Contrary to popular belief, you can't fix a gappy smile at home. You can't pull teeth together with rubber bands, and you shouldn't use tools to push the gap closed yourself. Teeth are delicate, and they adhere to the jaw with ligaments that can break if forced too quickly.
You'll need the help of a professional to close the gap safely. And you have many treatment options available.
Braces aren't always necessary.
Experts say that braces are common solutions for gapped teeth. Doctors glue brackets to the front of your teeth, and that hardware is connected by wires that tighten. Sign up for this treatment, and your gap will disappear. But it isn't right for everyone.
Braces come with significant risks, including:
Dentists have plenty of other options they can use to treat a gapped smile. In fact, in a study of treatments for gapped teeth, five methods were mentioned. Not one of them involved braces.
Braces are good solutions for people with significant dental problems, dentists say. If your gaps are compounded by significant crowding of your other teeth, for example, or you have multiple gaps all along your jawline, you might need significant smile interventions. Braces could be a smart choice.
But braces aren't right for every mouth. And you have plenty of treatment options to choose from.
3 common ways experts treat gaps.
Walk into a dental office, and ask for a better smile. The person you talk to has an array of options to share with you.
Your dental expert might recommend:
If your gap appeared because you were injured, your insurance company may cover the cost. If you hit your face on the steering wheel after a car accident, for example, your auto insurance company may cover at least some of the cost to fix your smile.
But if your gap is considered purely cosmetic, and you have no underlying health issue that could be treated with these methods, you will pay for the fix out of pocket. And the cost can be considerable.
Aligners for gap teeth.
Aligners offer the opportunity to amend a gap between teeth without a significant cash outlay. You could get the smile you want without breaking your budget.
Doctor-supervised aligners, like those offered by companies like Byte, can come with a small price tag of under $2,000. An expert supervises the case and ensures that your teeth move at a rate that is safe and comfortable. But you skip the appointments and personnel that come with traditional solutions.
Aligners work well for people with mild gaps in otherwise healthy teeth. And it's easy to get started. Often, you can make molds of teeth at home and send them in to get custom aligners made. For those hoping for corrections with a low price tag, this could be the right solution.
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