Your Front Teeth: Getting Rid of the Gap
Some people think a gap between the front teeth is cute; others see it as a detriment to their winning smile. From TV stars to movie stars, gaps can be seen that make a person unique. However, there are ways to eliminate this gap between teeth, for those who want to correct it with holistic dentistry in Ottawa. Orthodontics may be the solution as well as cosmetic enhancements.
Why fix a gap or straighten teeth?
Not only does a gap, called diastema, as well as crooked teeth, affect your smile, it can interfered with your dental health. Food bits can get stuck between teeth and eventually cause an infection. That gap in the front may cause food to stick, which makes meeting new people distracting or uncomfortable.
Discomfort can be the result of your tongue rubbing against a gap. When that gap is fixed, there will be less discomfort in the future. Some of the solutions include the following:
- Crowns, bonding and veneers
- Braces and retainers
- Invisible braces
Veneers and bonding are often used to correct a gap between the front teeth. This is a solution for many people; however, some may need to go another route. You can discuss bonding with your dentist to find the best method for your teeth.
Misaligned teeth are called “malocclusion” in the medical terminology. It can affect how you speak, eat, breathe and chew. It can also increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Teeth can become loose and wobble as well as cause pain.
Braces are usually the answer for teens between the ages of 12 and 16, as baby teeth are out and have been replaced by permanent teeth. Retainers, used in conjunction with braces, are worn at night, after braces or Invisalign® are removed and can help continue the alignment. Bonded retainers are worn behind the teeth and are a permanent method of keeping the new position of the teeth.
Almost invisible, Invisalign® is an alternative to braces. They sit on top of the teeth and can push them into a new position. The restructuring of your smile is less likely to be noticed, as they are a clear plastic.
Thinking of filling that gap? When looking for a holistic dentist in Ottawa, consider Pearlee Dental for your cosmetic and orthodontic needs. From veneers and bonding to braces, our Baseline clinic can help you. Contact us for an appointment.