Spacing between the teeth is normal in milk or primary teeth, as the extra space is required for the erupting permanent teeth. But gaps or spaces in adult dentition might affect your smile and result in food impaction. Mild spacing can be treated with composite fillings or dental veneers, but severe cases need treatment with braces.
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How long does it take for space closure during orthodontic treatment?
Query: Hi doctor, A year ago, my four teeth were extracted for braces (two uppers and two lower teeth). In the lower jaw, the teeth started moving to fill the gaps, but in the upper jaw, the teeth have not moved still and are looking ugly. Is this normal? If yes, how long will it take to move? Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Orthodontic treatment is broadly divided into four phases : 1) Leveling and aligning. 2) Space closure. 3) Finishing and detailing. 4) Retention. As you mentioned about four teeth getting extracted, it is a normal procedure followed worldwide for certain cases. Leveling a... Read Full »
What should I do for the on and off sharp pain in the gap between my teeth?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a gap in between my teeth with on and off sharp pain. Is this normal? What should I do? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the query and the picture attached (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). I will help you solve the issue. You have dental caries in your teeth. I advise you to take an x-ray to start the treatment accordingly. It may require root canal tre... Read Full »
Why do I have pain in the gap between the upper molar?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old female. There is a gap in the upper right molar teeth region, and I have been experiencing pain in that region for the past three days. I used an ice pack to relieve pain but could not reduce the pain. Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the file attached (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Pain in the tooth may be due to a periodontal problem, and there is mild redness in the gingiva near molar teeth. I advise you to take painkillers and antibiotics for three days, do so... Read Full »
Is there a solution for a gap between my front teeth that is increasing?
Query: Hello doctor, I have had a gap between my front teeth for eight months, and it is increasing. Is there a solution to my complaint? Kindly advise. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Spacing between the teeth can be treated. There are various causes for spacing, like tongue thrusting, periodontal problems, or obstruction due to frenal attachment, and depending on the cause, we can plan the treatment. Is the gap gener... Read Full »
Should I be concerned about the pain in the gap between my permanent and milk teeth during orthodontic treatment?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old and have braces on my teeth. My orthodontist said he would not put a bracket on my milk tooth, but the permanent tooth next to my milk tooth has shifted. Now, there is a gap between the two teeth, which hurts. Should I be concerned about it? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should not be concerned regarding the milk tooth being present and shifting out of the arch. They are not supposed to be handled with braces. The tooth will fall off soon and replace a permanent tooth. When the new tooth erupts, the orthodontist will put a bracket ... Read Full »
Why am I getting spacing between my teeth after two years of orthodontic treatment when I already have permanent retainers?
Query: Hello doctor, I want to know whether it is the starting of gap formation between my teeth? It started two months back. I already had an orthodontic treatment two years ago and have permanent retainers. My retainers are not broken, they are perfectly placed, but still, there is a gap formation. Pleas... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Upon review, it is difficult to find any spacing in the pictures you shared (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). I have these suggestions for you- 1. Ideally, teeth contact near contact points. I see the ... Read Full »
I want to correct the open bite by retaining the front teeth spacing. Is that possible?
Query: Hi doctor, I have a moderate open bite that I would like to fix through braces or aligners. However, I would like to retain the gap (3 mm) between my front teeth. Would this be possible? Please suggest to me, doctor, Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, treatment of open bite is possible with both aligners and braces. As you mentioned that it is about 3 mm, I would suggest you can try for aligners. If it had been severe, I would have suggested only braces and not aligners, as I feel it might not be that efficient.... Read Full »
I have gap between my front teeth. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, I was looking into veneers and invisalign to fix the gap between my front teeth. I am not sure what would fix them. So, I am looking for some initial advice. I have attached a picture for you to view. Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and attached photograph (attachment removed to protect patient identity). First of all, let me know you that the space between upper front teeth, which you are having, is called midline diastema. It can occur due to many reasons like... Read Full »
How to manage sagging upper lip after frenectomy?
Query: Hi doctor, I have a gap in between my incisors. When I approached a dentist, he advised to go with frenectomy and then braces treatment. I had upper lip frenectomy three days back. Now, when I smile, I can notice the middle portion of my upper lip is sagging a little, and my incisors are not comple... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It happens after frenectomy. A little sagging is normal as frenum pulls the lip upwards. The second thing is after minor surgery one has swelling and body reacts towards the trauma that is created by instrument or laser. To get rid of the problem you can put ge... Read Full »
I have gaps between teeth after braces. Please help.
Query: Hello, About 5 years ago I had wire braces for my teeth. And to have the braces on, I had 4 teeth extracted because my teeth were overcrowded. As far as I know, a lot of orthodontists take out premolars to create space. But for some reason my orthodontist took out 2 premolars, 1 molar on my bottom l... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sometimes orthodontists do extract molars if there is very severe crowding of the teeth. In your case, as you said there was severe crowding. Now you have space present where the molars where previously present and hence you are unable to chew properly. Is your second mol... Read Full »