Fixing Tooth Gaps Painlessly

No one has perfectly straight teeth. It does take some work to get them in that condition. Some people have crooked teeth or misaligned teeth while others have gaps between their teeth. Not everyone who has this sees it as a problem. Some people choose to embrace their flaws as something that makes them unique and gives them character. For people who have tooth gaps and want to get them changed, there are ways to go about fixing tooth gaps painlessly. There are a few different options for fixing tooth gaps to suit the patient’s needs.   One of the ways to repair tooth gaps is with braces, as they generally fix tooth gaps painlessly since surgery is not require to install them. If traditional braces are chosen there can be some discomfort when they are installed and while the wearer is getting used to them. Once all of the kinks are worked out, traditional braces are usually painless. Braces work by putting spacers and metal wires onto the teeth that are tightened to align the teeth in a way that will straighten and correct any gaps or crookedness. For people who don’t want the metal look in their mouth, there are clear braces available. These are different from the invisible removable aligners. Clear braces are exactly the same as traditional metal braces but they are clear so they are not as noticeable.   Clear plastic removable aligners are a good choice for adults to want to fix tooth gaps painlessly. The aligners work like mouth guards. Different aligners are made to improve gaps in the teeth. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before moving on to the next one. These do take a little bit longer to work than the traditional braces. Another option for those that don’t want traditional braces is teeth bands. The teeth bands are placed around the teeth on the outside of the gap and over time it works to bring them together. They are generally worn at night but clear bands are available for those that want to wear them during the day.   Another option to fix a gap in the tooth is through veneers or bonding. Veneers or bonding apply a cap or other material is put on the teeth and shaped to close the gap. This process can cause some pain because the teeth on the sides of the gap need to be manipulated but with the help of pain medication it can be a way of fixing tooth gaps painlessly.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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