Gap In Front Teeth

A gap in the front teeth is also known as a diastema. They usually do not require any treatment, but as it affects the esthetics, various treatments are suggested to fill in this gap. Treatment procedures include direct composite filling, veneers, ceramic or zirconia crowns, or orthodontically moving the teeth together.

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The spaces are closed after a year of orthodontic treatment. Am I close to taking them off?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had braces for a year. My orthodontist had told me I only needed a closure of one tiny gap left in my top teeth. They initially asked me to book one monthly appointment with them and then two fortnightly appointments. Once the gap is finally closed, how long should I wait to fina...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hope you are doing well. It is good to hear that you are on the verge of completing your orthodontic treatment and having a beautiful smile. Based on your appointment schedule, I feel you will be off your braces in about two to three months, depending on when your ne...  Read Full »

Why a gap is forming between my front teeth which I did not have earlier?

Query: Hi doctor,I have started wearing my retainers again after three years (my orthodontist had said that I could stop using them). Initially, it did not fit properly but now after about one week, it fits perfectly fine. Though I think my front two teeth have got a gap between them. I thought that I will...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi,Welcome to are of various types. Please share what kind of retainers are you having, Hawley's (single wire retainers) or Essix retainers (transparent retainers).There was a bit of difficulty for you to put on retainers after three years as your teeth would have shifted a bit...  Read Full »

Is cap a good option to close a small gap between the front two teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small gap between the front two teeth. I am planning to use a cap. Is it a good option, or is there any other effective better option available?   Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. Kindly upload an image of the front teeth that would help me to determine the nature of the gap and tooth angulation. I will walk you through the necessary and best management needed to resolve the issue once and for all. If the gap is betw...  Read Full »

What to do about gaps between teeth due to not wearing retainers?

Query: Hi doctor, I had my braces for two and a half years. Before lockdown, I removed my braces. Due to lockdown, I was unable to have my retainers. Now, I have developed some gaps between my teeth in these two months. I want to know whether anything will help me. Though my dentist has taken an impressio...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query. I suggest you get your retainer as soon as possible. It helps in correcting the gaps that you are facing now. As it is an orthodontic treatment, nothing can be done at home. Maintain your oral hygiene. Use Betadine mouthwash for gargling. ...  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment plan for my dental problems.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old. I have gaps between the teeth with a little overbite and a premolar is missing.   Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). First of all, you need to do an X-ray to determine whether the premolar is impacted or simply not present inside the jaw. Since the gaps are present between canine to canine, going for ortho...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options to close the gap between the upper front teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I am getting married in six months and looking to go for an orthodontic brace treatment for teeth gap. Can I start it here and continue this treatment under another doctor's supervision in a new country if it takes longer?  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Kindly upload an image of the gap that you need to get corrected. There are a few possibilities that will solve your issue in a week. Orthodontic treatment might need more than six months approximately to a year, but everthing depends upon the space in between. S...  Read Full »

How will power chains help in closing the gaps between teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, Why my ortho does not put brackets in power chains while missing one or two spots? I have straight teeth and I am in the sixth year with braces. I think instead of closing gaps, this is creating gaps. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushik Arya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are different types of power chains that are available for the treatment depending on the interlink space. 1. Short (connects every alternate bracket). 2. Long (connects every third bracket). 3. Closed (connects each bracket). So depending on the stage of y...  Read Full »

What is the procedure to fix the gap between two front teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, There is a gap between my front two teeth. I want to close the gap. Can you please suggest any process for it?  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, there are two treatment options. 1. Ortho (braces) treatment. 2. Tooth-colored fillings. Gap closure by braces is a permanent solution. Your teeth will be aligned and the gap can be closed naturally. This option is suggested when the gap is very wide and this...  Read Full »

I do not have left upper canine. How to fill the gap?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an impacted tooth in the roof of my mouth and I do not have a top left canine. What are my options to fill the gap? A bridge or an implant? Or anything else? Not braces please and the fewer appointments are better.  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali Sadasivam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, I need to know your age. The treatment plan varies according to the age factor. Secondly, the impacted tooth no matter where it is, it should be 100% removed. This is done to reduce the possibility of complications in the future. It cannot even form a cys...  Read Full »

Are braces required to fix the gap in the front teeth after losing retainers?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old male. Two years ago, I lost my upper retainers. My front teeth got separated, creating a gap. What should I do to fix my teeth, or should I want braces again?  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Menon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to To restart the fixed appliance treatment all over again will depend on the gaps present. If the gaps are large, the dentist would recommend you to out braces again. If the gaps are negligible, removable retainers can be worn which can close the gaps. But then again, ...  Read Full »

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