Causes of Gaps Between Teeth

Before we dive into how to close teeth gaps, it’s crucial to understand the root causes behind them. The most common reason is a mismatch between the size of the jaw bones and the size of the teeth. This mismatch can either cause spacing between teeth or overcrowding. Another common cause is the overgrowth of the tissue that borders your gum line and your upper front teeth, leading to a gap.

Thumb sucking during childhood can also lead to a gap as it causes the front teeth to be pushed forward. Similarly, an incorrect swallowing reflex can be a causative factor. In normal swallowing, the tongue pushes against the roof of the mouth, but some people push their tongue against their front teeth, leading to gaps over time.

Why Closing Gaps in Teeth is Important

You might wonder, why should I bother closing the gaps in my teeth? Well, apart from the aesthetic reasons, there are several health benefits to closing these gaps. One of the main reasons is that these gaps can trap food, leading to bacterial build-up. This can result in gum diseases and bad breath. Furthermore, gaps can also affect the alignment of your teeth, causing problems with your bite and potentially leading to jaw pain.

Closing these gaps can not only improve your smile but also enhance your overall oral health. It can help you maintain better oral hygiene, reduce the risk of gum disease, and improve your bite. Furthermore, closing gaps can boost your self-esteem and confidence, helping you flash your smile without any hesitation.

Options for Closing Teeth Gaps

If you’ve decided to close the gaps in your teeth, there are several options available. The first and most common are braces. Traditional metal braces or clear aligners can gradually push your teeth together. Another option is bonding, where a tooth-coloured resin is applied to your teeth to fill the gaps.

Veneers and crowns are another option, especially for larger gaps. Veneers are thin shells that are placed on your teeth to improve their appearance, while crowns cover the entire tooth. Lastly, dental implants or bridges can be used for gaps caused by missing teeth. These options replace the missing tooth, closing the gap.

Our most recommended options to close gaps would be clear braces or Invisalign, both of which you can book in with our practice in Stockport.

Booking Your First Consultation at Heaton Mersey Orthodontic Centre

If you’re ready to close the gaps in your teeth and you’re not sure where to start, it is highly recommended to book your first consultation at Heaton Mersey Orthodontic Centre. They are a team of highly trained and experienced professionals who can guide you through the process and help you choose the best option for your specific needs.

During the consultation, they will thoroughly examine your teeth and discuss your dental history. They’ll explain the different options available and their pros and cons, helping you make an informed decision. Rest assured, their personalised approach ensures you receive the best care and treatment.

So why wait? It’s time to regain your smile and confidence. Book your consultation today at Heaton Mersey Orthodontic Centre and take the first step towards a healthier, happier smile.