Your teeth are a big focal point on your face when you smile. So when your smile is less than perfect, it can cause you to hide your pearly whites. However, there are many options for you to have straighter teeth without those embarrassing gaps.
At Woodland Lakes Dental Studio, we offer many solutions for all kinds of dental issues, including gaps in your teeth. Dr. Gabriel Polo assesses the problem and offers clear aligners and bonding as permanent fixes to misaligned teeth. No matter which one you choose, getting you a beautiful smile is our number one goal.
Causes of gaps between teeth
Gaps between teeth, also known as diastema, are more common than you think. This problem is especially common in kids, but usually disappears when their adult teeth come through. This is due to the fact that adult teeth are larger and usually fill up the spaces that the baby teeth couldn’t.
If you're past the days of baby teeth, this problem can be more of an issue. Once you have all of your adult teeth, getting rid of those pesky spaces in your mouth is more involved. Since your adult teeth are permanent, you can’t just hope that one falls out and another will fill in.
So what causes these gaps in your mouth in the first place? There are several factors that contribute to this problem, including:
- Thumb sucking
- Thrusting the tongue
- Extra tissue above teeth
- Gum disease
The most common cause of gaps between your teeth is misalignment due to a difference in jaw size versus teeth size. This basically means that if your mouth is too big and your teeth don't mirror that size, gaps will form due to the excess space in your mouth.
Bonding vs. straightening: What's the difference?
If you've found yourself with embarrassing gaps in your teeth, you're probably wondering what you can do to fix them. The good news is there are several treatments available to give you the straight smile you've been dreaming of.
The first option we offer is dental bonding. This technique can be used to fix mild to moderate gapping in your teeth.
We use a composite material to reshape your teeth, closing any extra space between them. Dental bonding not only fixes gaps, but also blends in perfectly with your other teeth, making it a seamless transition.
The second option is orthodontics to straighten your teeth, which will close any spaces in your mouth. We offer InvisalignⓇ as an option for teeth straightening.
Invisalign uses a series of custom clear aligners to straighten your teeth while remaining virtually invisible. This is a great option if you don’t want the appearance of traditional braces. However, this is best used for smaller gaps between teeth.
So what's the best option?
We discuss the pros and cons of each treatment during your appointment. Many different factors can help determine which option is best for you. For example, cost is a huge variable that you need to consider, along with how long you want your treatment to last.
The main determinant in which option works best for you is the severity of the gaps in your teeth. Ultimately, the decision is yours, and we can help guide you to the best option so you get the straight smile that you deserve.
If you're tired of looking at gaps in your mouth, we’ve got the solution for you. Call our office in Conroe, Texas, or book an appointment online today.