What does it mean widely spaced teeth?
The scientific terms that describe gapped teeth or teeth gaps are diastema and trema .
Diastema is the space between the central incisors, while the spaces between the other teeth are trema. Usually patients don’t use these terms at all. They just call the dentist, evoking this problem by expressions such as: widely spaced teeth, space between teeth, dental spaces, gaps between teeth or I want aligned teeth, side by side, lined up. In this article we will refer to any dental spaces that aesthetically bother you.
Why do the spaces between the teeth appear?
The gaps between teeth can hinder the smooth functioning of the chewing process, especially when they are acquired and not hereditary. Before closing the gaps between teeth you need to know the factors that led to their appearance:
- Hereditary factor (native)
- Malocclusion (uneven contact surfaces overload certain groups of teeth and consequently the spaces appear)
- Some categories of dental abnormalities (when the teeth, usually the first premolar or lateral incisors have not erupted on the dental arch)
- Tooth migration after extraction
- Bad habits (when the tongue pushes your teeth forward with constant pressure)
- Pathology such as periodontitis or osteoporosis (bone loss leads to improper dental alignment)
Solutions: How to close the teeth gaps?
There are two techniques to solve this problem:
- The orthodontic braces (the most correct and healthy solution to close the gaps, because it doesn’t require the preparation of the teeth (teeth filing)
- Ceramic veneers or crowns (this solves the problem of teeth gaps, and at the same time other unsightly aspects such as shape, size, color, etc.)
Choosing the right solution for “gapped teeth” is directly related to the appearance of that spaces. Each case with wide spacing necessarily requires an individual approach, because the solutions presented above have special indications and recommendations, sometimes even contraindications. Here are some of these exceptions:
|Orthodontic braces||Ceramic veneers||Neither of the two||Both solutions|
|If the dental spaces are the result of the missing teeth, and their migration, then it is most appropriate to choose for the orthodontic braces. After adjusting the position of the teeth, it is recommended to fill the resulting space with dental implants and avoid the teeth migration again.||If the cause of the teeth spacing is hereditary, the orthodontic braces won’t help, because each tooth stays in its position, even if it doesn’t look aesthetic. In this case we can reduce the gaps between teeth by installing dental veneers.||If your teeth spacing is a result of a periodontal disease, then neither the veneers nor the orthodontic braces could be applicable.Read here how to solve this problem if the spaces between the teeth are the result of the periodontitis.||If your teeth are too short and have gaps between them, it would be better to choose both solutions. By reducing the spaces only with veneers will make them look like square-shaped. If we reduce the spaces with the dental braces, they will be even smaller. It is recommended to apply the braces, then the dental veneers in order to lengthen them.|
How much does a perfect smile without teeth gaps cost?
A perfect smile, without gaps, first of all costs a lot of patience and a little confidence. As regards the material part, it depends which country you will choose for your dental treatment. Non EU countries practice widespread dental tourism at very affordable prices.
Orthodontic braces although they aren’t expensive at all in our clinic (between 550 euro and 750 euro) it requires several visits in Moldova for adjustments. That is why we recommend that you evaluate how rational or convenient all treatment will be.
Ceramic veneers have a price of 225 euro per tooth. Their advantage is that the treatment is done in a single step, which makes that treatment very attractive for people from abroad.
We use the microscope and other magnification devices for the preparation of teeth for EMAX ceramic veneers, this makes the teeth filing insignificant, but the final result will surprise you to tears.