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Gaps Between Teeth – Irving, TX

Effectively Eliminating Gaps Between Teeth

Some people find their unevenly spaced or gapped teeth to be unattractive. Not only can this orthodontic issue impact your confidence in social settings, but it can also create spaces in your mouth that are more susceptible to collecting plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Braces in Irving can help effectively close these spaces in your mouth, even if your situation is more severe. Here’s how getting braces can reduce your risk of developing oral health problems like cavities and gum disease.

What Causes Unevenly Spaced Teeth?

person smiling with braces in Irving

Spaces can form between your teeth for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth loss
  • Large frenulum (the piece of skin that attaches your lip to your gums)
  • Smaller teeth
  • Habits as a child, such as aggressive thumb-sucking or pacifier use after your teeth have grown in
  • Tongue thrusting

During your consultation, our team will examine your mouth and determine the root cause of spaces between your teeth to decide whether braces treatment can help correct the issue. Unlike Invisalign, traditional braces are able to address more severe cases in a timely manner.

Are You a Good Candidate For Braces?

computer illustration of unevenly spaced teeth

The best way to learn whether you’re a good candidate for braces is to visit Dr. Hirji, your cosmetic dentist in Irving, for a consultation. We’ll collect X-ray images of your facial structure to determine any underlying issues that may be causing your orthodontic problems and decide if traditional braces are the best choice for you. Some patients may require surgery, but one great benefit of metal braces is that they’re incredibly effective for issues that are mild, moderate, or severe, unlike Invisalign aligners.

How Can Braces Help Close Gaps?

person with a gap between their front teeth

Braces use brackets and archwires to place a strategically determined amount of pressure on your teeth to gradually shift them into their ideal positions and improve your oral health. If you have spaces between your teeth, Dr. Hirji will adjust your braces accordingly. Towards the end of the process, our team will discuss retainer options with you to make sure that your newly aligned teeth don’t drift back into their original positions, erasing all of the progress that you made.

Not only will addressing gapped teeth with braces provide you with a beautiful and even smile, but it will also reduce your risk of developing oral health problems by making your mouth easier to clean. Contact our office today to learn how we can start your journey towards an improved grin!