Braces for Gaps ? Do You Need Them?

We are often asked if braces for gaps is a solution, and which type of braces are best to achieve the best results in the shortest possible time. In this blog post we will discuss the options and timescales.

What are Gaps in Teeth?

Gaps in teeth look unimpressive and can cause bad breath, which is why it’s important to take care of this issue before things get worse. With braces, you’ll be able to solve any problem with dental hygiene like trapped food causing cavities. In this post, we’ll show you how braces can fix gaps in teeth. But first, who has gaps? 

Who Has Gaps?

Children With Gaps

All children will have gaps in one form or another. Braces are the first line of defense for many children. An orthodontist will use braces to fix gaps and straighten out new teeth as they come in. However, if there is an issue with old tooth loss or crookedness then braces may be necessary for this first. 

There are times when gaps are made on purpose. Ortho gaps can be used for straighter and truer growth in children 7 years old because their jaws haven’t fully developed yet. Once the child advances into adulthood these same treatments would not work well 

The overall message here is to see your dentist every six months so we know how best to maintain interceptive care against potential issues such as crooked teeth.

Adults With Gaps

Missing or missing teeth bring a host of issues. If you’re an adult with gaps in your smile expect some shifting and irregular bites. These could lead to bone loss as we age. Headaches are common because misaligned jaws affect functionality (especially when chewing.) 

Orthodontics works the same for adults as children, but there is more resistance to movement. Gaps will be fixed with brackets and aligners. 

What Causes Gaps in Teeth?

  • The size of the teeth in relation to the jawbone
  • Habits
  • Gum disease
  • Missing or undersized teeth
  • Oversized labial frenum
  • Loss of primary teeth

What Issues Arise From Gaps in Teeth?

Digestion

Your mouth is an important part of digestion. Chewing food helps break down the nutrients, and your stomach needs help with that by giving it substances ready for digestion. Rather than unchewed ingredients which need more work before being broken down fully. 

If you have misaligned or gaps between your teeth this can make chewing difficult. Fixing gaps will mean fewer occurrences of indigestion.

Oral Health Issues

Flossing and brushing may only rid the mouth of some food particles, but when these gaps are left unfixed for an extended period it can lead to serious problems. Cavities will cause gums disease if not addressed quickly enough.

Braces treatment helps reduce bad oral health by fixing spaces between teeth leading up close towards preventing potential future issues related to dental disorders.

Are Braces or Invisalign Better For Gaps? 

Traditional Braces 

It’s never easy to make the decision on whether or not traditional braces are right for you, but modern orthodontics offers a new way of straightening teeth. These appliances come with self-ligating wires that allow them to slide as your mouth changes shape. There isn’t any need for adjustments which can cause discomfort and pain over time. Perfect for gaps.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a revolutionary method of straightening teeth. The technology uses a 3-dimension computer imaging program that models how you’re teeth should be positioned, and then creates custom aligners for your mouth based on this data without needing to physically move any parts from one position. Great for gaps. 

How Long Do I Need Braces for Gaps?

Depending on the specific diagnosis, your orthodontist’s skill level, and the size of the gap, treatment can take several months to complete. The treatment of a single gap can be completed using either metal or ceramic braces within 6-8 months, but for more complex cases, the treatment could take up to 2 years.

Non-Orthodontic Methods For Gaps

Partial Dentures

Dentures are a temporary solution that can be uncomfortable and make your teeth decay faster. You should only use this option as the last resort because of how inconvenient it will become over time. 

Implants

Implants are a great solution for many issues. It’s important to find out from an expert the best way, though! Implanted teeth have strong appearance and are durable. You may not even know there are there because they look so natural. 

They also make chewing more comfortable since bite pressure will improve thanks to their anchor points holding everything tight against our jawbones. 

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is an efficient and cost-effective method of restoring tooth function that can be used to fill gaps between missing teeth. The gap will have a crown fitted on either side, which houses false versions for both sides. 

These fit naturally into place without looking fake like implants do. Dental bridges don’t last long though. Usually, about eight years at most before they start wearing down or getting lost among natural chewing habits (meaning you’ll need a replacement.)

Conclusion

At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, our orthodontist can help. If you have gaps that you would like checked and treated then please do contact us today. We are still open for new children, teenagers, and adults to have an examination and to learn more about straightening their teeth.

Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers expertise in all procedures. This is to reduce the amount of time required for wearing orthodontic devices. Call us to schedule your first appointment for an orthodontic evaluation.

 

 

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