Why won't braces close my gaps?

Closing gaps in teeth after orthodontic treatments

After orthodontic therapy to correct misalignments, there may be gaps between the treated teeth. Tooth gaps harbor risks for the stability of the teeth and the dental arch and, moreover, often do not meet the aesthetic demands of the patient. Closing these gaps is therefore useful.

Goal of orthodontic therapy

It suggests that orthodontic treatments also aim to close tooth gaps, but the defined aim is primarily medical and not aesthetic. To be more precise, in the first step the aim is to restore the physiological functions of the dentition as best as possible, with only acceptable aesthetics. In the anterior tooth area, due to special circumstances, there are definitely gaps between the anterior and posterior teeth after a correction.

Why can gaps remain?

There can be various causes for newly created tooth gaps after orthodontic treatment. For example, closing a gap between front teeth can have a detrimental effect on stability, function and also aesthetic proportions in the dentition. A decision is made here based on benefit and risk. Furthermore, genetic anomalies, too much space in the dental arch, inequality between tooth and jaw size as well as non-placement of teeth can lead to gaps in the anterior region. Dentistry offers various methods to close the gaps anyway and also to do justice to the aesthetic aspects.

Close remaining gaps

For the subsequent therapeutic gap closure, the physiological function must also be retained or restored, taking aesthetic factors into account. Veneers on the one hand and filling with composite materials on the other hand are suitable treatment options for closing residual gaps between the front teeth. Excellent aesthetic results can be achieved with both options. A composite restoration is particularly suitable for patients whose teeth have not yet finished growing.

For the success of an aesthetic and long-lasting gap closure, it is important to observe a natural tooth surface and the gums. The result should be visually indistinguishable from natural teeth.

Do you have any questions about closing tooth gaps after orthodontic treatments? Then talk to us and we will be happy to advise you in detail. We look forward to your visit to our 360 ° braces orthodontics in Düsseldorf.

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