Spacing In Between The Teeth

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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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 »

Dr. Bhargav Gutha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

Dr. Paras Angrish

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

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 »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

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 »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

Can you help me with the difference between 0.018 and 0.022 brackets to order online?

Query: Hello doctor, I have spaces in the upper and lower front teeth, and I am about to get my braces treatment started. I going to buy braces online, so I want to know what is the difference between 0.018 brackets and 0.022 brackets? Please just clarify my doubt.  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The difference between both the size brackets is the slots in which the wires are held on to in the brackets. There are minor differences in the treatment mechanics between the both. 0.022 brackets can hold larger wires in the slots. The larger slot size can sometimes be ...  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 »

Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 requ...  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 »

Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 day...  Read Full »

My upper teeth are protruding. Does it require braces again?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been wearing braces on my upper teeth for two years to fix the gap due to the extraction of an extra teeth between my incisors. Now I have noticed that my upper teeth are slightly protruding and I cannot close my mouth. Now, my orthodontist is asking me to get braces on lower tee...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to When treating with braces, it is usually a good practice to put them on both arches, upper and lower despite the apparent need for minor changes or few teeth in one arch. This is because as the teeth are aligned and moved in one arch, their relative position changes with ...  Read Full »

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