According to dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych, spaces and/or gaps between teeth are actually quite common and aren’t harmful on their own. But some people are self conscious about them and are anxious for a solution to bring their teeth closer together and close the gap.
There are several causes for gaps and/or spaces between teeth:
- Missing teeth. Some people don’t t get all of their permanent adult teeth. This condition happens when the teeth are still forming before birth. In some cases, you are able to keep your baby teeth as long as they remain healthy, but they may be smaller and leave gaps.
- Teeth that are too small for the space. If your jaw has more space, your teeth may not be large enough to fill it. Your teeth may spread out, causing one or more gaps.
- Dental habits. Your dentist Columbia finds that children who use a pacifier or suck their thumbs beyond 4 years of age may develop gaps in their teeth.
- Tongue thrusting. If your tongue presses against your teeth when you swallow, this can cause gaps in the front teeth over time.
So What Are Your Options for Treatment?
The cause of the gap often determines the best treatment. If you’re looking for a way to correct the gap, here are some of your options offered by your dentist Columbia:
- Dental crowns. This is a great solution if just one tooth is too small or chipped. A tooth-colored crown can correct the issue and it fits over the top of your tooth to look like a natural part of your smile.
- Dental implants. These are an excellent option if you are missing one or more teeth. Your dentist Columbia places the implant in the space that the missing tooth would have occupied. They look exactly like your natural teeth, help keep your smile healthy and are a permanent, comfortable solution.
- If you have crooked or misaligned teeth that require braces, Invisalign is a comfortable and attractive option for many people. No one can see them, they are removable and allow you to eat, drink, brush, and floss as you normally would.
- Porcelain veneers. Veneers can provide you with a movie-star smile. They fit over your existing teeth, and require no special care or maintenance.
An attractive smile is not only healthy – it provides a boost to your self-confidence. If you want to look like you were born with a gorgeous smile, call the office of dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych today and let’s discuss your options.