When your jaw is large or your teeth are small, you will notice some gaps between your teeth especially the front ones.
My dentist told me that I have “Tongue thrust” and that is what causing my teeth to be spaced, is that true?
The tongue is the strongest muscle in our body and when it is positioned in a wrong way, it may cause your teeth to be pushed apart “either as spacing, open bite, or both”
What is wrong with gapped teeth?
Food is very easy to get packed in the spaced area and that is annoying when eating and might cause trauma to the gum tissue.
How do you treat gapped teeth?
Usually braces or Invisalign can be used to correct the problem. However, you might need to get some cosmetic restoration on certain teeth if spacing is due to small teeth.
I used to have perfect teeth with no gaps, now I noticed a gap between my front teeth, why?
Bone and gum are the supporting structure for the teeth. When they get week “due to gum disease”, teeth will have less support and they will tend to shift. This is most noticeable on the top front teeth.
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In certain cases, it is better to have a permanent retainer after closing spaces to keep teeth closed and straight