Dental braces can be used to gently move teeth into a better position. In most cases, dental braces can be used to close gaps, but to understand exactly what is possible, you need to understand the types of dental gaps which are possible.
This is where you have all teeth, but they are not big enough to touch each other, so there are gaps between the teeth.
This is quite tricky to fix with braces, because you first need to close the spaces between the front teeth, then move the side teeth in- this takes quite a while.
Black triangle gaps
These are most often seen when there has been some gum disease or teeth were very overlapped are then straightened. This results in the teeth touching each other, but there is a gap near the gum.
This is often easier to fix, depending on how big these gaps are. The contact point can be “flattened” and then teeth pushed together, and this sorts out the issue quite nicely.
Missing front teeth should not be closed with braces, this will result in a horrible looking smile! If side, or back teeth are missing, then there is a good chance that the gaps can be closed with braces.
When large molar teeth are lost, most dentists will recommend dental implants, and these are great, but in a lot of cases, you could have the back molar teeth moved forward. This normally takes quite a long time, but there are simple surgical treatments that can be done so that treatment times are minimised.
In the photo above, the lower molar has been missing for a long time (+6 months) and this has allowed the top tooth to over grow. Here, the best thing to do it replace the bottom tooth with an implant, and use a brace on a few teeth to push the top tooth in again.
Dental implants is a better option in the photo because if you move the bottom tooth forward, the last tooth at the top will not have anything to bite on, and this will cause it to overgrow, leading to bite problems in the future!
Very badly aligned teeth
Sometimes people will have gaps between their teeth, when the tooth that should be there is so far out of place, that it just looks like a gap!
This kind of problem is best fixed with braces as the only problem here is tooth position, so by putting the teeth in the right place again will sort out this problem once and for all! I am currently helping this lady out, and she is about 5 months into her treatment, I will post full case photos, once it is complete.
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