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How To Fix Gaps In Teeth – These 7 Best Non-Painful Ways

30 Year Ago, I wish this had been around. Until I was about 30, I had a large gap between my teeth. I was terrified of braces for the gap, just another thing to make me different. I would have needed to relearn how to play the flute. Back then, it hurt to have braces. Yet, people made braces and gap teeth jokes, but they weren’t jokes to me.

gap in teeth

Today, it’s not so bad. There are celebrities and models with gap teeth. It’s become a fashion statement. Today, teeth gaps are attractive. (Wish I knew that 30 years ago)

But, Is It Healthy?

What are your reasons for wanting to fix your (or your child’s) gap teeth? Leave us an answer in the comments below and we’ll write another post answering your concerns!

According to Colgate.com: “A diastema is a space or gap between two teeth. It appears most often between the two upper front teeth. However, gaps can occur between any two teeth.

A mismatch between the size of the jaw bones and the size of the teeth can cause either extra space between teeth or crowding of teeth." If the teeth are too small for the jaw bone, spaces between the teeth will occur. Thumb sucking tends to pull the front teeth forward, creating gaps.

gap in teeth

If your tongue presses against your front teeth, the pressure can push the front teeth towards your lips. Periodontal disease is a big cause of gaps in older adults.

And of course, the time between a baby tooth falling out and an adult tooth growing can be a big space, but we don’t want to close that one.

So, How Do They Fix Gaps in Teeth?

What are the ways to fix the gap in front teeth without braces or pain?

  • Teeth Gap Bands
  • Dental Bonding
  • Crowns & Veneers
  • Implants
  • Dentures
  • Retainer/Orthodontics
  • Braces

Teeth Gap Bands

This is an affordable, quick, and low pain alternative to braces if all you need is to close a gap between two teeth.

teeth gap bands

The basic principle is that you slip one Teeth Gap band * around your tooth gap and sleep the night away. After several consecutive nights, the gap starts to close. You then wear the bands as needed in order to keep the gap closed. Results are seen in as little as a week with larger gaps closing in 3-6 months.

For the bands to work, the gap in your teeth need to be less than 3.5 mm and the rest of your teeth to be relatively straight. Placing undue pressure upon teeth that are not straight misaligns other teeth. You are also recommended to have a dentist’s approval for the bands. The bands are not recommended at all for children, baby teeth, twisted or misaligned teeth or for people with periodontal diseases.

Many websites have positive customer reviews showing that these bands work, are relatively pain free, and cost effective. Detractors often highlight further dental problems that the bands were never meant to fix in the first place.

Dental Bonding

For gaps that are a bit larger, or when a person wants a quick fix, tooth bonding is preferred. A special tooth-colored resin which is applied to the tooth then hardened using a special light. This bonds the resin to the tooth either to restore it or to improve the appearance of the tooth.

In just a few hours, teeth are back to normal. This procedure is most often used when a tooth is chipped or broken, although closing a gap is becoming more common. It is among the cheapest procedures used by dentist, and you’ll need to check locally for pricing. Expect to pay out-of-pocket for the procedure unless part of a medical repair.

Although the material used in dental bonding is somewhat stain resistant, it does not resist stains as well as crowns (see below). Bonding materials do not last as long nor are as strong as other dental procedures. Additionally, bonding materials can chip and break off the tooth.

There is no evidence that bonding lowers the quality of the tooth it’s attached to. Dentists confirm its safety and decades of use back this up.

In the short term, people are very positive about bonding. Long-term results vary. Since bonding isn’t meant to be permanent, some people are disappointed they need to redo the bonding later in life. Also, many people are disappointed the bonded part of the tooth discolors at a different rate as natural teeth.

Crowns & Veneers

This is the next step up from dental bonding. Crowns and veneers are two separate things for two separate purposes.

how to fix gaps in teeth

A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is bonded to the front of the tooth (or teeth) that you are looking to fix. Placing veneers requires the removal of a small amount of your enamel so that the veneers fit properly and look natural without altering your bite. This is often used with bonding to create a uniform look.

Dental crowns are also a type of porcelain shell, but they are designed to fit over most of your tooth, which allows them to fix a number of functionality issues as well as cosmetic ones. Crowns are meant to fix damage. A tooth that has broken or cracked due to trauma or decay can be repaired by a crown but not by a veneer. Crowns are also useful for building up teeth that are causing problems with your bite and for supporting and protecting a tooth that has had root canal therapy. A bridge is a type of crown meant for several teeth.

Dental bonding may not last a lifetime, but crowns and veneers will. Of course, with better materials and more work, the price goes up. It will take a few visits to make sure everything goes properly, since a cast of your teeth need to be taken in order to make the veneer or crown properly. Contact a local dentist for price and leave a comment below to let us know what’s the going rate around the world.

Modern veneers are much better than the ones 30 years ago. Today, they are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth. It’s hard to find anything less than a positive review online. Just be sure to use a qualified dentist. The biggest problems come from a poor procedure rather than the actual veneer.

Implants

Dental implants are replacement teeth. Implants can be fixed or removable replacement teeth (dentures – see below) that match your natural teeth.

If your gap is really wide, a full tooth wide, an implant is your best choice. Basically, a fake enamel tooth is surgically inserted into the gum or bone. Sometimes, the tooth is attached to surrounding teeth. This is a full dental procedure and can only be performed by dental professionals licensed and trained in the procedure.

Implants usually have a 98% success rate, but are more fragile than regular teeth. Undue pressure or trauma can easily dislodge an implant, but normal use will not. Once they get used to the tooth, most people can’t even tell the difference between the artificial tooth and their own natural teeth.

gap in teeth

This may be the highest cost procedure. Unless the implant is for medical reasons, more insurances will not cover the procedure. It is the best and most long-lasting options. Most implants are received very well by reviews.

Additionally, patients must be committed to a higher level of oral care and dental visits. Smokers, people with endocrine problems (diabetes) or heart problems (high blood pressure or bleeding) are not recommended for implants.

Dentures

A denture * is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available -- complete and partial dentures.

This is the most extreme gap. Generally, dentures are used when several teeth are removed and the health of the whole person or just the mouth is in question. For smaller gaps, they are the equivalent to removable implants.

Since this is a more extreme solution, and it often accompanies health issues, insurances often cover dentures.

Retainers/Orthodontics

Retainers are most often used after braces to keep the teeth in alignment while the mouth adjusts to not having braces. However, recently, orthodontic braces are being used more and more to slowly align teeth from the beginning.

There are three types of retainers:

retainers
  • The most common is the Hawley retainer. It’s the most common type you may remember from your childhood after braces. It’s a thin, tongue-shaped removable tool that is molded to fit your mouth, with a wire that holds your teeth in position. This type of retainer is meant more to keep teeth in alignment rather than adjust them.
  • The newest trend of retainers is the clear aligner-type trays (think Invisalign®). These retainers are custom-made of thin, transparent plastic that fit over your teeth to slowly move them into correct position. Kids like these better because no one can see them. Because they are plastic, clear aligner-types are prone to damage and not for people who grind their teeth. They also have to be replaced often as teeth are corrected. When eating is necessary, the retainer is removed to allow natural chewing and to avoid the crushing the retainer. 
  • The fixed retainers are especially good for lower front teeth. According to Lamont Jacobs Orthodontics: “A wire is bonded to the tongue side of the teeth to hold them in alignment. It may remain in place for months, or longer. It is used to keep teeth in place, not move them. This type of retainer is sometimes recommended when there's a high risk that teeth could revert to their former position.”

Each has their own cost *, although, in the end, they are quite similar. Each needs a dentist to monitor the use and frequent trips to the dentist. They also require a high level of oral care to avoid additional problems. For some people, retainers may be covered by insurances.

Most people seem to just love the clear aligner-type retainer. If your gap is part of a more complex problem, this seems to be the lowest cost fix.

Orthodontic Braces

This is the most invasive, painful, and costly route to realigning teeth. Sometimes, however, it is required.

braces for gaps

Braces work by applying continuous pressure over a period of time to slowly move teeth in a specific direction. As the teeth move, the bone changes shape as pressure is applied. Newer “mini-braces” are much smaller than traditional braces and can be used in less severe cases.

Braces are most required when the actual bones of the jaw and mouth are in need of alignment. Used as the only resort years ago, they are now only used in the last case today.

Despite being the most painful and expensive option, the burden is reduced. Newer techniques have reduced the pain and the damaging looks. Many insurances are now fully covering braces, knowing it will save money in the long-term.

Before agreeing to braces, discuss the options with your dentist and orthodontist to see if other options would be more viable.

Conclusion

The first thing you need to do is be evaluated by a dentist to discover why the gap occurred. Don’t just assume it will grow out, there could be serious problems.

Then, follow-up with a specialist and review the options with them. Some of the options are not good for some people and doing it wrong will cost much more in the long-run.

In the 30 years since I first became aware of my gap, braces have evolved. The pain and humiliation has greatly decreased, so don’t throw that option out immediately. Follow your dentist’s recommendation and you can have a beautiful smile your whole life through.

If you liked our article, please share it and use the comment section below to tell us about your experiences or ask any questions. Thanks!

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  • Cleveland says:

    I hav a gap whc is about 4.1mm whc is the best way to fix it and if I went 4 an implant would it last til I die am 19years

    • Susan says:

      Hey Cleveland,

      This is a good question.

      We recommend discussing with a dentist or orthodontist the best way to close your gap.

      Based on our knowledge, either a retainer or braces would be needed to close a gap greater than 3 millimeters.

      As for your second question, many implants are designed to last a lifetime. However different lifestyles and different diets could cause an implant to become weaker and break.

  • farai says:

    my teeth are now painful. they are lving a gap between them.seems as if um drinking cold water…..what can that be?

    • Susan says:

      Hey Farai,

      This sounds like a serious problem, one that should be seen by a dentist.

      It is not normal for your teeth to hurt without stimulation.

      If it is sensitivity to hot and cold, there are toothpastes, antiseptic mouthwashes and other methods to reduce sensitivity.

      There are many ways to close a gap and your dentist will have the best recommendation for your specific case.

      Thank you!

  • irene says:

    Dear dentist i truel hate tha gapes btween my teeth i cant even smile so pls advise me i wish to fill it or to reduce the size bt how woll it b risk to me

    • Susan says:

      Hey Irene,

      We’re sorry to hear you have gaps between your teeth.

      The first step in order to get this problem corrected is to visit a dentist and find out exactly what’s going on.

      Did your teeth just grow that way? Was there damage that caused your teeth to be poorly aligned? Is there a gum problem that may cause your teeth further damage?

      Until you know why your teeth have gaps, we do not recommend trying any at home treatment to fix it. Your dentist will have the best options to have your teeth looking good in the shortest amount of time possible.

  • karal says:

    Hi dear,
    i have teeth gap in my front and down both few teethes i dont know how to fix this issue i dont want to much costly as well . kindly be advise if there is any solution to fix all this gap as its not in one teeth its in few teethes

    thanks

    • Susan says:

      Hey, Karal!

      It’s always a big issue when you have several teeth that are out of place.

      Unfortunately, in many cases, you need to visit a dentist or an orthodontist in order to discover the best remedies.

      We do recommend visiting one of them because you can uncover why your teeth are not in the proper position and you can work with the dentist or orthodontist for a cost-effective solution.

      We do not recommend trying at home fixes because you can make your situation worse.

  • joanna mei says:

    how much is the braces for gap teeth?

    • Susan says:

      Hey, Johanna!

      Braces can differ from place to place. You can expect a cost in the United States between $3,000 and $6,000.

      In other parts of the world, it can be a few hundred US dollars to several thousand.

      Some of the things that will determine how much it will cost you are your location, the issue that needs to be fixed, and your dedication to making sure the braces work properly.

      We actually have a post about this, you can read it here

      You can talk to your dentist about the options. Braces are not the only solution for gaps within your teeth.

  • Charlie says:

    I have made a video about how to easly fix your teeth gap with white filling. Not painful at all and it cost me only 20 bux. If you wanna check it out you can do it over here
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x5db03cTVM

    • Daniel says:

      Hey, Charlie!

      I’m happy for you that you’re happy and fixed the gap by choosing the cheaper and faster option. It seems you fixed it by dental bonding which is filling the gap by the special tooth-colored resin. About the braces, it’s strange that you were given an offer around 400$. It’s too low. Anyway, good luck to you and congrats for the new smile!

  • Jade Roberts says:

    Dental implants and dentures have come a long way in recent times. They give people such a boost in confidence and also their quality of life, not just older people but people of all ages. Anyone that has been putting off visiting their dentist to see if they are candidates for dentures or dental implants should definitely ask to see what their best options are.

    • Daniel says:

      Hey, Jade!

      You are absolutely right. There are many options, and you and your dentist will be able to discuss exactly how they work. One of the goals of our article is to give people as many options as possible. This is a good one, and thanks for helping recommend this treatment.

  • ahmed says:

    Hi im ahmed

    Im 18 .I had a 2mm gap between my two front teeths .when i consulted a dentist 8 months before he solved the problem by filling a composite in between and making the gap disappear but later after 6 mnths a small gap of 0.5mm was found .after consultation it was too filled
    .its been 2 mnths by now after it no further noticable change is seen is the gap permenantly closed or will it be back ?

    (No other deformities in teeth,no other noticanle gaps between any other,there are members in my family with diastema)

    • Susan says:

      Hey Ahmed!

      This is an interesting situation.

      You’ll have to ask your dentist specifically if the Gap will be back in your specific case.

      We are not dentists, just people who are well-versed in the medical field and know a lot about Dentistry.

      In our experience, we think it is quite possible the gap will return.

      Of course, it may be filled permanently now.

      This is something you will have to work out with your dentist.

      They will know the specific reason why your teeth are moving in the way they are.

      Fortunately, as you get older, any movement will be less noticeable and greatly slow down.

      Remember, you’re still growing and that includes your teeth.

  • Amy says:

    Hi,
    I am 29 years old with gaps in about 4 upper right teeth (not the front though). Each gap is about 3-4 mm and is probably because of significant overbite and small teeth. The trait is hereditary and almost every body in my family and extended family has combination of this :(. My left incisors are vampire teeth, although I am not bothered about this.

    Just would like to get the teeth gap corrected, not bothered about the overbite. Could there be any possible solution without braces? Would like to know the options before visiting a dentist as I am wary of messing up further. Or is it just better to let them be? Appreciate any advice.

    Thanks for reading.

    • Susan says:

      Hey Amy!

      Thanks for the question and a very realistic outlook on your teeth.

      Being that there is an overbite, we do not recommend using bands in order to fix the gap. They may work in the short-term, but because of the overbite, the gaps would return.

      We recommend talking to your dentist about using a retainer to gently move your teeth into the proper position.

      If your teeth are small, using veneers and crowns could help fill in the gap and create larger and stronger teeth.

      This is something you would have to work out with your dentist.

      We do not believe your dentist would recommend braces since you are not concerned with the overbite.

  • Greta says:

    What is the best way to get the most accurate measurement of my gap? I had braces in the 7th grade for a couple of years to close my gap and alter a slight overbite. I am 30 years old now and while my gap is not where it used to be before braces, it is definitely noticeable. I did not use my retainers and so my gap re-opened. Would it damage my teeth to close my gap once more?

    Thank you.

    • Susan says:

      Hey, Greta!

      This is a thoughtful predicament. It’s good that you realize that not wearing your retainer caused future problems. It is unfortunate for you, but a great lesson for other young people who may choose not to wear their retainer over time. Thank you for sharing that. Many adults get braces to fix gaps and crooked teeth. You would need to talk to a dentist or orthodontist about the necessity of having braces to close your gap. There are many other alternatives, such as using clear retainers and clear braces to help realign your teeth. It is not a situation you want to try fixing at home since you already had braces. Yes, it’s possible to use braces once more and close the gap without damaging your teeth. Anyway, talking to your dentist or orthodontist will allow you to have the options necessary to make an informed choice.

  • Kumar says:

    Hii… I have read your entire article and it cleared my most of the doubts… But what my condition is I have a gap (but only 1 to 1.5mm) between all the 8 teeth in the upper jaw… My lower jaw has no problem at all… I am 20 yrs old and I don’t want to fix all the 8 teeth… Fixing only the front 2 teeth or 4 teeth is enough for me… From this article, I came to know that bands will increase the gap in the next tooth… Are bands available to cover the gap between entire 8 teeth since my gap is small? How much time it will it take to move the gap using braces for me? Since I need to cover only the front 2 or 4 teeth, can I go for tooth bonding? Or suggest any other methods.
    Thank you

    • Susan says:

      Hey, Kumar!

      Thanks for posting this, we’re glad you read through the article, and you made an informed decision about fixing the gaps in your teeth. First, we recommend putting one band on your two front teeth and fix their gap. After closing the gap you can decide if you want to continue to the next couple of teeth or not. Maybe you’ll decide it’s enough for you. If not, you may put the band on the other two teeth with a gap between. After you feel comfortable to wear it, you may add more bands to the other couple of teeth so you will be wearing few bands at a time. Since you have a small gap, it only takes a few days to close it. You should wear the bands every night. There are many other options that you can talk to your dentist about including bonding, filling in the gaps, and braces.

      Thank you!

  • Taniya says:

    Hello , I am 28 years old female and have some gaps of around 0.2mm to 0.3mm between upper teeths that is between central incisor and lateral incisor, lateral incisor and canine from both sides and minute gaps in lower teeth also. Teeths size are not so big… comparatively smaller than the jaw bones. So Daniel do you think braces for months will be a better solution, or will it bring some significant change or probability of no change is also there. Please help me

    • Susan says:

      Hey Taniya!

      We’ll be glad to try and help you. Those are pretty small gaps, fairly common with people who experienced some motion with their teeth. Whether or not you will need braces to fix this issue will be determined by your orthodontist and the condition of your other teeth. If they are all on a pretty much straight alignment, and there are merely gaps, your dentist might go the route of filling in the gap with bonding material. This is much more permanent, fast and cheaper treatment. You also don’t have the stigma of wearing braces. However, if your dentist determines that there are more problems then just a gap, they may recommend braces or invisible retainers. Anyway, you’ll have to talk to your dentist or orthodontist to see what their recommendation is and what the exact causes of the gap are.

  • Kayla says:

    i’m masturbating right now. braces turn me on.

  • Rocky says:

    I have gap in all of my upper jaw teeths what should i do i m 16 years old

    • Susan says:

      Hey Rocky!

      This is a tough situation, especially at your age. We recommend talking to the dentist or orthodontist to see why the gaps exist and if there is a possibility they will naturally close on their own. You may be facing braces or retainer to fix your teeth, or you may be one of the lucky few that all they have to do is wait a few years and the gaps naturally close. Unfortunately, with multiple gaps, at-home fixes may only make the problem worse.

  • Mika says:

    My dentist has black teeth. I asked why and she said it’s her natural teeth. She said that as we get older,
    our teeth supposed to darken. Ever since, when I see any dentist with white teeth smile, I say to myself, here you go Dr with fake teeth. Am I missing something?

    • Susan says:

      Hey Mika!

      This is an unusual situation. In some parts of the world, it is normal for adults to allow their teeth to become blackened as a sign of maturity. If you’re not in one of those areas, black teeth is a sign of dental problems. It is very typical for teeth to become yellowed as we age, but not black. We don’t know why your dentist would have black teeth, but the dentist with a white smile is more natural and shows they practice what they teach. A gleaming, bright white smile is a sign of a teeth whitening procedure.

  • Ash says:

    I have a gap in my front two teeth also…my dentist has given me Hawley retainer for that which I don’t wear for 24 hours … I need a more fast way… I like the band idea though

    • Susan says:

      Hey Ash!

      The band’s might works for you if you have a small gap and the rest of your teeth are in perfect alignment. If your dentist has recommended a retainer over bands, other issues are going on, and your dentist is trying to prevent further problems. Changing the shape and gaps in your teeth is not a quick, nor easy process. We recommend following the advice of your dentist before using any at home treatments.

  • Muniroh says:

    Hello
    My name is muniroh,I will be so glad if the gap between my teeth can be closed because it’s a way too big and it’s doesn’t make me look beautiful in any picture i take.
    I love smiling a lot but this gap teeth stops me from smiling sometimes cause it way too big i will be glad if there is something that can be done about it.
    Thanks

    • Susan says:

      Hey Muniroh!

      We’re sorry to hear about this predicament. Before you try any at home treatment, we recommend talking to a dentist about the cause of the gap. They may have recommendations for quick and easy fixes, such as dental bonding, or if it may be signs of a deeper and more troubling problem which may require braces. Once you have all the information, you can choose what will make your smile look its best and serve you for a lifetime.

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