Information About Gaps In Teeth

If you have gaps in your teeth, then you may want to have something done about it. Since correcting the gaps in your smile will help you to improve the aesthetics of your smile, this type of dentistry is called, "cosmetic dentistry." Although cosmetic dentistry tends to focus on improving the look of your smile, this type of dentistry often also helps to correct or prevent other dental problems at the same time. With regards to gapped teeth, here are some things you should know: 

Teeth gaps can cause flossing issues

If you have a gap between two or more teeth, then this can affect your other teeth. When some of your teeth have gaps between them, it can cause your other teeth to crowd each other. In some cases, they could just be too close to the teeth next to them, and this can end up causing problems if your teeth are so close that you aren't able to work dental floss between them to clean them properly. 

Teeth gaps can cause crooked teeth

In more extreme cases, having gaps between some of your teeth can cause your other teeth to be so close that they crowd each other, and this can cause those teeth to be crooked. In this way, the gaps in your teeth can negatively impact the rest of your teeth in a way that causes obvious problems that can really bother you. Plus, this crowding and crookedness can also make it hard for you to properly clean all of the surfaces of all your teeth. 

Improper cleaning can cause numerous problems

Whether the gaps in some of your teeth prevent you from being able to floss all your teeth, prevent you from being able to brush all surfaces of all your teeth, and/or cause food to become lodged between your teeth, these things can lead to even bigger problems. When you can't clean all areas of all your teeth, then you have more of a risk of cavities and tooth decay. You will also have more staining on your teeth. You will also have bad breath, especially if food is getting trapped and you can't remove it with floss. 

Teeth gaps can be fixed with a number of treatments

Your dentist will consider a lot of factors when determining what treatments would be best to correct the gaps between your teeth. Some things they'll consider include which teeth have gaps, how severe the gaps are, how they are affecting you and your other teeth, and more. Some of the different things that can be done include braces, clear aligners, crowns, veneers, and bonding.

Contact a cosmetic dentist to learn more.