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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.

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  • Juliet

    Im 16 yrs old and my front teeth gapz 2mm wide.wt shud i do.whn should i close it.hw?idon’t wannit to b costly too.

    • Juliet Hi,

      Thank you for your question. A 2mm teeth gap might be fixed with relatively simple and inexpensive solutions. The first option would be teeth gap bands. Those work for gaps that are under 3.5mm. It is the cheapest option.The downside is that it will take anywhere between a week to few months to see the results. The bands are ok to be used for those over 12 years old. You can start using the bands right away. It is however best to consult with your dentist before using them to make sure those are ok for your specific dental case. Dental bonding is another relatively cheap and simple solution. It is more expensive than fixing the problem with just teeth gap bands and it does take place in a dental office. The uppside is that it can give you a desired smile in a matter of a few hours.

      • M.santhiya

        2mm gap for me ..what inch band I put….

        • Hey M.santhiya!

          We can’t give out specific information because we don’t know enough about you. We recommend visiting your local dentist in order to see which band would work best for you and why you have a gap. Once you know this information, you can confidently use the materials and make your smile the best it can be. If you try and guess at the band, you could risk making the gap worse, creating a new gap, or losing your teeth altogether.

          Hope it helps.

  • rumesha

    Hello,
    I m Rumesha n my teeth little toward front side n gap to which is near 2mm wt should i do which will do perfect satisfy to me n will b in cheapest price.

    • Susan

      Hello Rumesha.
      I’m glad you asked.

      The cheapest way to deal with your gap is to accept it as part of you and do nothing. Otherwise, you are looking at some sort of expenditure.

      We highly recommend visiting a dentist to make sure your gap is just a simple gap and not signs of a bigger problem. There are many issues that could cause a gap between teeth and several of them require specialized treatments. Attempting an alternative could create larger problems later on if you don’t know what’s going on.

      Currently, tooth bands are the most economical options for closing standard gaps. However, this assumes the rest of your teeth are healthy and straight, and your mouth has no structural problems. Your dentist will be able to tell you if this is the case.

      If there is more work to be done than just closing a simple gap, your dentist will be able to help you with costs and options. If you require something like braces, a dental school is an option. Many of them have clinics for the students to practice and they offer lower cost treatments. Also, check with your insurance. If it a medical issue, your doctor may be able to write a referral to have it covered.

      Remember, the bands are only an option when the rest of your mouth is perfectly healthy. Otherwise, you could increase the damage and the cost of repairs.

      Hope I could help.

  • hadus

    the tooth broke little from inside there is little gap what should used .

    • Susan

      Hi Hadus.

      You aren’t alone in breaking your tooth, so I’m glad you asked this.

      There are a couple of types of breaks for your tooth. Sometimes, you get lucky and the break is only in the enamel part of the tooth. It means very little pain and problems for you. It’s also the easiest to fix, from a dental standpoint. Most dentists will recommend having a false portion of a tooth attached to your existing tooth. This is a quick procedure and oftentimes is permanent and low cost.

      Most dentists will not recommend adjusting any other tooth to fill a gap. They will want to add false implants to close the gap. Your mouth is already used to the spacing of your teeth and for most people, this spacing is ideal. Changing that to cover a cosmetic injury could cause further problems.

      If the break goes farther down into the dentin, you require a doctor. In this case, they will cover the exposed sensitive area in order to prevent infection and further damage. This type of damage usually happens to the front two teeth and the molars. Depending on the break, this could be simple as filling in the missing tooth to extensive cosmetic work.

      The last type of break goes all the way down into the gum. At this point, there is lots of pain and infection is likely. Dentists usually pull this broken tooth because it is nearly impossible to fix.

      We recommend you visit your dentist to find out if the tooth is salvageable and what options they have for you. Once you know what the type of break is and how it is usually fixed, you can pursue the most cost effective way to fix it.

  • ashish

    I am 26 year old and in my front two teeths have gap of almost 3.5mm so give me some suitable and affordable solution to reduce the gap I am waiting for your reply

    • Susan

      Hi Ashish!

      A lot of people have gaps, so I’m glad you asked.

      Let me ask you a few questions first: Have you seen your dentist about this issue? Are there any other problems in your mouth? Has your dentist recommended any solutions for you?

      If you haven’t already seen your dentist about this, that is your first stop. You need to know why your teeth have a gap before you can proceed with a solution.

      If it is only a gap, and there are no other problems in your mouth, talk to your dentist about using tooth bands. These are simple elastic pieces that gently pull 2 teeth towards each other.

      From there, the options require a dentist. In order to change your smile, your teeth need to be manipulated. Braces, retainers, and other dentist quality tools are used. There are many different price points and options available.

      One other option is to visit a dental school. Most of them have clinics for the students to learn and practice. This is a way to get lower cost dental work. Things like braces and retainers could be gotten in this way.

      Your first stop is the dentist. Know why your teeth have a gap and if there are any other problems you need to know about. From there, you can talk about your options and the cost.

      Hope it helps.

  • Austin

    I wanna fix my gap cos it takes away from my beautiful face it ruins my pictures

    • Susan

      Hi Austin!

      I’m glad you brought this up.

      Many people feel any deviation from perfect teeth take away from your beauty. We want to remind you that beauty comes from within and those who love you will love you, gap and all.

      To fix the gap, you need to know the reason for it. And your dentist will be able to tell you why. Your dentist will also be able to tell you what the best way to fix it is.

      Don’t assume it will be braces. Many dentists are pulling away from braces when retainers or bands could do the job just as well. They know people want to avoid the pain and costs.

      There are many options from bands, to braces, to retainers. All of them have their benefits and downsides. We don’t recommend any home treatments until you talk to your dentist and know what the options are. You could cause more damage with home remedies if they aren’t done right.

  • bene

    I have gap towards in my front upper teeth which is the best way to close my gap

  • bene

    I have gap towards in my front upper teeth which is the best way to close my gap I look very bad with gap

    • Susan

      Hi Bene,

      Thank you for your questions.

      You have a common issue with teeth.

      First, I promise you look just fine with or without a gap. A tiny space cannot make up for a winning personality.

      Now, there are several causes of gaps and you will need to know how yours came to be.

      If it’s just a simple gap, that your teeth are just spaced out, bands could help close the gap. But, it’s for small gaps. If your gap is too large, you could create other problems.

      Now, if your gap is caused by other teeth issues or if your teeth aren’t perfectly aligned to start with, you will need another solution. Retainers and braces are what is used to fix gaps in your teeth when there are other structural issues. And for those, you need a dentist.

      So, your first step is to find a dentist and learn why you have a gap and what your options are. Then, come back and let us know what happened!

  • Mukta

    with these bands I believe only the gap h=between the front two teeth are filled.. where does that space go… how can it be uniformly filled

    • Susan

      Hi Mukta!

      You just asked a question most people never think of.

      When you close the gap between teeth, it places gaps between other teeth. You divide the gap between the two teeth on either side. If your teeth still have motion, you may be able to see all your teeth moving to close the gap. Given time, all your teeth will move naturally to fill the gap.

      The bands are only for small gaps, so creating two smaller gaps is not a big issue. Usually they are nearly invisible.

      However, before using the bands, it is recommended that you talk to your dentist. That way you know if the bands really will work. You will also know if using the bands could cause additional problems, which is a distinct possibility.

  • Johnny

    Hello!

    I’m a 23 year old male with a gap between my two front teeth. In addition, I have two missing incisors on both sides making my canines right next to my gapped front teeth. What is the most practical solution for this problem as I’ve been really struggling with the way I look when talking to people or even smiling. Thanks a lot.

    • Susan

      Hey Johnny!

      I can’t say this is an issue most people have. It’s an interesting one, though.

      With the missing teeth, just closing the gap could create more problems. In most cases, simple bands would work, but I’m hesitant to recommend them to you in this case.

      You really should talk to your dentist about these options. More intensive options may be a better choice, helping to create smile more people are used to by allowing you to insert the missing teeth.
      That is, if you wanted that.

      In any case, you should talk to your dentist about options. Your mouth is not regular, so simpler solutions could create more issues.

  • Ahmad

    Myself Ahmad
    I am 24 years old in my front uper and lower teeth have gap and one turning misdirection , as per dentist advice I have required pilots (simple wire for 2 years ) or braces but I am confused what should I do please suggest.

    • Susan

      Hey Amhad,

      I’m glad you contacted us!

      I’m so glad you are seeing a dentist. That’s the first step with any dental issue. So rather than recommending you see a dentist, we can ask you what your dentist told you!

      Since your dentist recommended a treatment, we recommend you stick with it. When your teeth are actually moving out of alignment, and not just creating a gap, there are other issues going on.

      You’ll need to have your teeth gently moved back into place and then held there so a good structural foundation can happen.

      The wires and braces that were recommended are the best options. If you are looking for a secondary opinion, try seeking out dental schools. Often, they’ll have students that have other ideas of how things can happen. A second opinion never hurts.

  • zintle

    hi my upwards two teeths they have gap n not straight n my down has a gap to n the other one is shifting to the other side I hate my smile it embarrassed me pls can u tell me what’s the problem

    • Susan

      Hey Zintle!

      I’m glad you asked!

      We can’t tell you directly what’s happening. We recommend you talk to a dentist to know why you have gaps and why your teeth are moving.

      From there, you’ll know what your repair options are. It could be something simple, that only needs bands to close the gaps. It could also be something more serious that would require braces. You won’t know until you ask your dentist.

      If your teeth are moving, a retainer might be all that’s needed to keep them in place. You can ask your dentist about the various options they have available.

  • siddi

    hey i am 13 and hate all this stuff so is there any natural way to overcome teeth gap

    • Susan

      Hi Siddi!

      Thank you for your question. I’m glad you are doing your research.

      Yes, there are natural ways to close a gap in your teeth, but we don’t recommend you try any of them until you talk to your dentist.

      You could gently push each tooth into position. There are bands to place pressure on your teeth. There are exercises and movements that will change the placement of your teeth.
      Still, we recommend you see your dentist first.

      At 13, your mouth is still forming. The bones are not yet fully grown and your teeth are still very young. It would be very easy to break your teeth if you try something and do it wrong.

      If there are other problems that are causing your teeth to have a gap, you could make the gap bigger or create more gaps trying to close the first one.

      Your dentist will be able to tell you what the best solution is. You have done your research and you now know there are options other than braces. Take this information to your dentist and work with this person to figure out what will be the best solution for you.

  • sadia

    hi will you please tell me about cost to remove a gap

    • Susan

      Hi Sadia! I’m glad you asked.

      The cost of closing a gap in your teeth varies with the person. If the rest of your teeth are perfect, then closing a small gap may just be a little time while your teeth settle.

      Some gaps can be closed with over-the-counter bands that put gentle pressure on your teeth and close the gap. These are usually very inexpensive.

      Most of the time, however, a gap is caused by other issues and can have serious problem associated with it.
      In these cases, you will require a dentist to close the gap. We recommend talking to your dentist to know about your options and costs.

      Certain treatments may only cost a few hundred dollars, while others are several thousand.

      We really don’t know what to recommend to you without knowing your issues and where you live.

  • Phoebe Marqueza

    I had a question “how to close my teeth gap” and it was anwered by Orthofill. Because of Orthofill, it helped me fix my teeth gap

    • Susan

      Hi Pheobe! Thanks for sharing.

      Orthofill, one of the brands of tooth bands, is an option under certain conditions. It’s not right for everyone.

      You need to have a small gap to start with, and the rest of your teeth need to be in good shape. The bands must be worn consistently for any change to take place.

      The biggest issue is when they are not used properly. They will close the gap, but create 2 new ones. If there are other problems in the mouth, the bands can make them worse.

      We recommend you talk to your dentist before using the bands, just to make sure there are no other problems that need to be addressed.

  • Lacy

    I’m 16 years old. I have gaps between all of my 6 upper front teeth! Is there a solution other than braces? Can gap bands be used in my case? It is just really embarrassing.

    • Susan

      Hi Lacy! I’m glad you asked.

      You seem to have a big problem and we want to help you. With the seriousness of the gaps, we don’t believe that any home remedy will help. We believe that it will actually make the gaps worse.

      Braces are often the best method because the dentist can precisely control when and how your teeth move. We believe you should talk to your dentist about the options that are available and why your dentist believes braces are right for you.

      Other options can include retainers, like Invisalign, and retainer/braces hybrids. There are some dental conditions that these do not work for, so you really need to check it out.

      Your dentist will determine what will work best. Talk with your dentist and if necessary, get a second opinion.

  • Scarlette

    I’m in my 50’s & currently wearing braces for 1 year & a half now. I also don’t have molars both left & right, my orthodontist advice me to go for 4 implants but aside from it’s costly I also have hypertension. What is my other resort to fill in the missing molars? Thanks

    • Susan

      Hi Scarlette! I’m glad you came to us!

      We are so glad you are working with your dentist to figure out a solution. The first step is to discuss your concerns with your dentist and you are on the right path.

      Some of the options for replacing teeth include implants, dentures, and permanently affixed fake teeth. Each of these comes with various costs depending on what is happening.

      With hypertension (high blood pressure), implants are risky, as you know. The risk of bleeding and infections is higher. Dentures and artificial teeth that are adhered to neighboring teeth are better solutions for people with hypertension.

      Unfortunately, we really don’t know enough about your situation to give you better detailed advice. Talk some more with your dentist and see which other options are available. You also have the right to get a second and third opinion, just make sure those opinions have the opportunity to examine your mouth.

  • perpetual ahedor

    teeth gap…..teeth gap I really get crazy over it……becos of diz i feel shy to talk in de mist of people

    • Susan

      Hi! Many people face this problem.

      We recommend you visit a dentist to talk about your gap. There are many reasons for a gap in your teeth. You and your dentist can determine the best course of action to remove the gap and give you a great smile.

      Just know that any change in your mouth takes time. It could take years before you get the smile you desire. Plus, your mouth and teeth are under great stresses every day. At home remedies may not be permanent.

      We recommend that you use your other skills to dazzle people while you are getting your smile fixed. Beauty starts within and a charming personality covers physical defects. A good brain is much more important than a perfect smile.

  • sathish

    Hi,

    Any doctors in bangalore to help to align my teethe, am ok for braces or tooth bands. please post your adress and also the treatment cost, thanks!!

    • Susan

      Hey Sathish!

      Here’s what we found.

      There are a huge number of highly qualified dentists in Bangalore and the surrounding towns.

      We did a very quick web search and found 43 right in the main metropolis. India as a whole has more dentists than nearly any other country in the world. We feel that you can find a dentist that is both knowledgeable and compatible with you with a simple search.

      As with all comparisons, each dentist will have their own prices. Don’t base your treatment on price alone, because experience is important.

  • Waseem khan

    Hello..
    I am 18yrs old and my front teeth gap is 4mm ..It is just a gap there is no other problem. I want to close my gap with cheap method…

    • Susan

      Hey Waseem! I’m glad you asked.

      If you are absolutely sure there are no other problems, there are some bands that will close a 4mm gap. However, most bands are not rated for that distance, and most dentists will not recommend you try to fix it on your own.

      A gap that big suggests other problems in your mouth. There is also a good chance that you will create 2 2mm gaps as you close the 4mm gap.

      Please talk to your dentist and see if bands will work. You don’t want to create more, expensive problems just to save a little now.

  • ananya

    hi i have a gap 2mm wide in my upper front teeth.can i put tooth band without asking for a dentist.from where we can buy these tooth bands .i need ur rply very fast

    • Susan

      Hi Ananya! I hope we can help.

      Usually, with gaps between 1 and 3 mm can be fixed with tooth bands. However, it is assumed that your teeth are perfectly straight and normal otherwise.
      If your teeth aren’t normal, straight, and perfectly aligned, you run the risk of creating 2 new gaps, pulling one tooth forward or backwards, or even losing the tooth altogether.

      This is why you need to talk to your dentist before using the bands. Your dentist will be able to tell you if the bands are right for you or if you need a better fix. Trying to fix your teeth without talking to a dentist is highly risky and could create more problems than just a tiny gap.

  • Maria

    Hi I have two gaps btwn my two upper teeth and lower ones ( inscisors) and I don’t have two lower inscisors so what should I do to reduce the gap

    • Susan

      Hey Maria! I’m glad you asked.

      This sounds like a bigger problem than just a gap. As simple gap can be closed with home methods, but that is assuming all your teeth are present and they are in the proper place.

      Since you are missing 2 whole teeth, this goes beyond what you can fix at home. That size gap is not what bands are designed for. In this case, you’ll need the advice of a dentist.

      There are options. With larger gaps, especially missing teeth, you are a perfect candidate for implants. These are fake teeth that look like real ones. The cost is less than braces.

      You also have bridge work, dentures, and braces as an option. Some gaps can be filled in with a resin attached to a neighboring tooth. Some gaps require the use of braces. Only your dentist will be able to tell you what your best option is to fix the gap. Do let us now, though, because we would love to share that info with our readers!

  • hamza

    my mom have gap in her teeth which look very bad what do we do

    • Susan

      Hey, Hamza! Kuddos for looking out for your mom!

      You’ll need to know from her if she wants her teeth fixed. Sometimes, people are just fine with the gap.

      Then, you’ll have to convince her to visit a dentist. You’ll need to know why there is a gap before you can try any treatments. If there are other problems in her mouth, you can hurt her by trying something at home without a dentist.

      If there is a small gap, simple bands may be used to close the gap. If there are other problems, a retainer or braces may be needed. Sometimes, a filling or false tooth is better than braces. Just remember, many adults don’t want braces and will choose to have a gap over braces or a denture.

  • Heids

    I have this teeth gap and it’s getting wider. I don’t have this gap when I was in elementary but when I’m in second or third year high school I noticed this gap and now it’s getting wider, I am now 19. What should I do? Can you give me a treatment that is not painful. Thank you

    • Susan

      Hey, Heids! I’m glad you stopped by.

      First, you need to find out why a gap is growing.

      If the teeth are twisting as you grow older, then you definitely need a dentist to figure out what is happening. That is not normal.

      As we age, our teeth do move. It could be a simple thing of using over the counter bands to retain the position of the teeth. Or it could be a sign of a much more severe problem with your jaw. Only your dentist will be able to tell you what is happening. We recommend seeing your dentist to discover why this is happening.

  • swetha

    How to close the teeth gap without braces. I have a problem of my front two upper teeth. My friend suggest me a ortho flexband. It is possible to close the gap permanently. Pls help me

    • Susan

      Hey, Swetha! I’m glad you asked.

      There are many causes of a gap between your teeth. The treatment for the gap depends on the cause and the size of the gap.

      Toothbands, like the one you mentioned, work for small gaps when the rest of your teeth are in perfect alignment. Otherwise, if the gap is too large or your teeth are not aligned perfectly, you run the risk of causing further damage: more gaps, larger gaps, twisted teeth, pain, and possibly the teeth falling out.

      You’ll need to visit your dentist to know why you have a gap and what the solutions are to closing them. It’s not all bad. There are several solutions that don’t include braces. Retainers are more popular and working for more conditions.

      And sometimes a gap doesn’t need to be fixed at all. Your teeth move over time and the gap could close naturally.

  • Kayra

    Hi i have gap between my 4 upper front teeth.&also have tiny gap in lower part too.i have a mediam gap i my side teeth too.which cause bite prblm.i have over bite prblm.I talked to a dental school about these.dctr says if i do have “dental plat” to fix the problem? because it is less expensive.but braces would be best option but costly.he also told that many of patient get well by dental plat.what can i do?? braces or dental plate??

    • Susan

      Hey Kayra!

      I’m glad you asked this question.

      What would be best for you is only a question you can answer.

      If you unable to pay for the braces, a dental plat maybe the better option. We agree with the dentist that braces would be best.

      We’re sorry we can’t help you further, but you really should listen to what your dentist says.

      You do need to weigh the cost versus the benefits and order to see what would work best for you.

  • Puchku

    Hiii , I have a big problem my upper front four teeth are gapped !! How should I fill it ?

    • Susan

      Hey Puchku!

      We agree this is a problem.

      There are many options to fix a gap in your teeth, as you saw in the article.

      Since we don’t know what kind of gap and how big it is, we recommend talking to a dentist so you know what your options are.

      There are many things you could do, from tooth bands all the way through braces. It will really depend on what’s going on in your mouth.

  • larri

    my teeth are all perfectly straight except the top front 2, which have a gap. They’re not anything terrible, but they are slightly crooked. can i use bands (i can’t get to a dentist for a while) to close the gap?

    • Susan

      Hay Larri!

      We can understand about not being able to get to a dentist, but we’d really do recommend speaking to one before you try a home remedy.

      For a small gap in a nearly perfect mouth, tooth bands will work. But, if there are more problems than just the gap, you could be creating a larger problem.

      With crooked teeth, the gaps may pull your teeth farther out of alignment.

  • Mamta

    hello sir…
    In my upper front teeth their is gap nd it looks very weired….and after breaking of my milk teeth ..my .lower front teeth not come again ….i feel very shy….can you tell me what was the reason …y my lower front tooth not come after milk tooth broken. In the lower tooth this gap look as 2 teeth are missing..because with time this gap is increasing…
    please suggest me what i should do ? Or i should i go for teeth transplant ? and is it save ?
    for upper front teeth what i should do?…should i go fot braces or any thing else is better suggestion u would like to give me…thanks

    • Mamta

      write now i am 25..

    • Susan

      Hey Mamta!

      We aren’t sure why you have the gap.

      We do recommend you talk to a dentist because only they will be able to tell you what your best option is. Sometimes a partial denture may fill a large gap, or braces might be needed to realign the teeth. There are so many reasons why this may happen, and you truly do need a professional to be able to look at your mouth and your teeth to know what is happening.

  • Natalia

    Hi!! I’ve had braces for almost two years now, and my orthodontist told me that I’m going to take them off next Tuesday. But the problem is that I don’t think that my teeth are straight yet, i have a very small gap between two of my teeth at the back, and one tooth is slightly pushed outwards a little bit I don’t think it’s noticeable, but it still bothers me. Am I just assuming things or is it because I have braces on my teeth right now so I can’t see my teeth properly?
    Thank you 🙂

    • Susan

      Hey Natalia!

      I’m glad you asked.

      What you are seeing could be a product of several different things. It just may be that because you have your braces on, you can’t see your teeth properly and it looks odd. It could also be that you are noticing a very slight flaw and because you noticed it, it appears large.

      We recommend you take your concerns up with your dentist. If you don’t feel your teeth are straight yet, make sure your dentist knows that. When you discuss the issues with your dentist, your dentist can tell you why he or she thinks your braces need to come off right now. It could be that you have had your braces on long enough and your dentist worries that if they remain on longer, you could be experiencing more damage. In this case, your dentist could believe the small flaws that you see are better than what may happen.

      And of course, it could be that your dentist is on a timetable and not noticing there are still flaws. This is why you need to talk to your dentist. By creating the discussion, you are able to let them know what your concerns are and have them address it.

      Also remember, that you are always entitled to a second opinion. If you don’t believe your dentist is listening to you, talk to another specialist.

  • Yasmin

    Ihave a gap. I want to get it closed I have seen an orthodontist. She will not put braces on . She said I need two root canals . I have had two before . I am still having problems with those teeth today. I would rather have them pulled.But I am a father won’t be able to put the braces on .So I was wondering if I should just go for the veneers. I really want to fix this problem for my own personal reasons.

    • Susan

      Hi Yasmin!

      This is interesting.

      There has been some research that has come out recently showing that root canals are not the best procedure to fix problems. It comes from the inability to completely sterilize the tooth and that can cause bacteria to become anaerobic, which may cause other infections and has a tentative linked to cancer. (1)

      It’s too early to recommend having a root canal or not having a root canal. But, it seems you would rather avoid the problem altogether and just have the teeth pulled. Personally, that’s my opinion too.

      In this case, braces really won’t help. You are actually missing a whole tooth. We would recommend having a denture or false teeth put in it’s place. In many cases, it’s actually cheaper and can be a longer-lasting fix.

  • Rakesh

    Hi madam,
    My age is 24.I have gaps in upper and lower teeth.Most of my front and lower teeth have gaps.Doctor said to wear braces.Now i put on braces almost 2 months.But the result is zero.How much time it will take to close my gaps?is braces k at my age?and even doctor suggested me to do tongue exercises..what is it mean?

    • Susan

      Hi Rakesh!

      This is an important question.

      Typically, it takes 18 to 24 months to have good progress with braces. It could take up to 36 months to get full results.

      At two months, the amount of motion your teeth would have gone through will be less than a tenth of a millimeter. Your dentist will be measuring the results, I can tell you exactly how much your teeth have moved and which specific teeth have gun the motions.

      The tongue exercises are interesting. Some of them can be to increase the control you have over your tongue muscle, While others can actually help increase the speed of your gaps closing. It may also be in preparation for when you have your braces off, so that your tongue does not push your teeth out of alignment. You’ll have to talk to your dentist about which specific exercises to do and why you are doing them.

  • Rajini

    Hi..
    i had braces for 1 year for teeth gap between front teeth..i got retainers after removing braces..but my gums swelled and had laser treatment but now i had problem in one tooth so doctor said to have rootcannal..my doctor kept braces for only upper teeth..now i had problem in biting..my upper teeth and lower teeth are not touching each other..and im afraid of my teeth very badly in future..and also gaps in front teeth are again slightly forming..depressing alot daily..i lost my job also..sitting in home..want to die due to this…

    • Susan

      Hi Rajini!

      It sounds like you have a series of problems. And this might be more than we are able to tackle on this website.

      If you are having problems with your gums swelling and at risk for a root canal, you may want to visit another dentist to get a second opinion.

      If your teeth are not touching each other and you have braces, this might mean the braces are not aligned properly.

      When you get a second dentist, you’ll be able to get the information you need to be able to move forward.

      If money is an issue, we recommend visiting a dental school or working through one of the government programs that may be able to help you with some of the issues you mentioned.

  • Ilma Rose

    Hi. I would like to ask if permanent retainers do actually close a gap between front teeth?

    • Susan

      Hi Ilma!

      Thanks for asking.

      Certain retainers will close a few gaps between the teeth.

      You will need to talk to your dentist to see if the gap you have can be closed by a retainer.

      In addition, you will only be able to get the specific retainer from your dentist, so you will need to visit anyway.

  • Disha

    Hi! I got my braces 3 days ago because I have a gap in my teeth. Unfortunately I have this bad habit of forcing my tongue in between my teeth. Whenever I try to restrain myself from doing so, I feel weird in my two upper teeth and so I push my tongue again. The dentist told me that if I keep doing so, the gaps won’t close. But I can’t help my habit even though I try. The harder I try to stop myself, the more I push my tongue in between. I am so terrified of my gaps that I have an extremely low self-esteem. What should I do for this habit of mine? What do I do to stop this habit? Please help😭

    • Susan

      Hey Disha!

      This is a really tough question.

      We are glad that you visited your dentist and are following your dentist advice to fix the gap in your teeth. And your dentist is right that if you keep pushing your tongue between your teeth, the gap will not close.

      As for how to break your habit, that can be difficult. You may want to talk to your dentist about putting a guard between the gap and your tongue at so that you physically cannot put your tongue between your teeth.

      Many of the other habit breakers that we have come across are not useful in the mouth. Some people have used chili paste to stop messing with a tooth, but that might be inappropriate for you. We recommend sticking with the habit to keep your tongue away from your teeth. It is hard, and it will take a while to form a new habit, but we feel this may be the best solution.

  • lee

    I have a gap between my two front teeth and a chip in my right tooth is had them caped and you can see where it has been put on and my wisdoms have not came yet my mum said my wisdom teeth should push my two front teeth to getter please email me?

    • Susan

      Hi Lee!
      Thanks for asking all these questions.

      I’m going to assume that you are rather young since your wisdom teeth have not come in yet. It is quite possible that when your wisdom teeth to come in, they will push your front teeth together.

      This is actually a common concern for dentists with wisdom teeth.

      You will need to visit a dentist to know for sure.

      As for the chip in your tooth, your dentist will be able to determine why there is a difference in color and be able to fix any mistake that was made.

  • Jack Simon

    Hey, thanks for this amazing post. It really helpful in getting idea which treatment is required to fix the gap in teeth.

  • Goverdhan mandloi

    I am 21 years old I have gap in my 4upper teeths and same in lower teeths. what I can do .which treatment is good for me??

    • Susan

      Hey Goverdhan!

      This sounds like quite a problem.

      First, we recommend visiting a dentist. Having that many gaps in your teeth is not normal and could be a sign of a larger problem.

      Once you rule out more serious problems, you can focus on the solution.

      It may be that you need braces, or retainers, in order to adjust your teeth and bring them closer together.

      There may be other solutions your dentist will recommend.

      We do not recommend using the tooth bands because there are so many gaps and you could create larger gaps trying to close one.

  • Jack Simon

    Thanks for sharing the methods to fix teeth gap.

  • Anna

    I recently went to the dentist and they filled in a really minor cavity in my two upper front teeth. When I came home, I noticed I had a really small but visible gap between my front teeth. Keep in mind, I have never had a gap between my teeth which could only mean my dentist created one. Is it a gap or is it residue from the cavity filling?

    • Susan

      Hey Anna!

      This is a tough question.

      What you are seeing could be a gap or it could be residue from the cavity filling.

      It may also be a dark patch seen through your teeth where the filling is now.

      This can be quite disconcerting.

      We recommend returning to your dentist and discussing what you are seeing with him or her.

  • Dennis

    I have a gap between my right eye tooth and the next tooth on the right before the k9 tooth.
    I’m 62 years old and none of the dentist I’ve had has ever addressed it. Any remedies?

    • Susan

      Hey Dennis!

      You have a very common problem, although most people address it much earlier in their lives.

      Since none of the dentist you have ever seen have mentioned the gap, and it does not cause you any distress, we recommend not doing anything about it at all.

      We only recommend addressing any remedies if the gap is changing.

      Otherwise, your body has gotten very used to that particular gap and has made various compensations for it.

      By changing things at this time in your life, you could cause problems much worse than normal aging.

      On a side note, we do want to congratulate you on reaching 62 years of age and still retaining your teeth.

      This is something many people have not been able to do.

  • Ashawntie

    Hi, is there a way to get rid of stretch marks???!!!

  • Abhinav

    I m abhinav 20.years old .i have a gap between my front upper teeth of about 3.mm. n its genetic .but i want to fix this problem i looks very akward .

    • Susan

      Hey Abhinav!

      Thanks for writing to us.

      At 3mm, it may be possible to use tooth bands to close the gap. But this will only be the case if the rest of your teeth are perfectly straight and have no other problems associated with them.

      Otherwise, you should visit a dentist to discuss why you have the gap and what your options are to close it.

      If your other teeth are out of alignment, or there are other gaps, using the tooth bands could create larger problems.

  • Viru

    HYE…,I have gap in my front teeth .when I was 12 or 13 years old I visited a dentist clinic and he told to wear retainer for short period of time ,but it could not work fine for me .Now I am 17 years old due to retainer I have craze lines in my front teeth .I am really worried about my teeth .I want to fix gap that requires a treatment again but I afraid of craze line .Now what should I do ,but I am not happy with my current positions of teeth. Please suggest.

    • Susan

      Hey Viru!

      This is an interesting problem.

      The craze lines are not normal for having a retainer.

      This is something you will have to discuss with your dentist.

      The lines could indicate a larger problem, which will affect the type of treatment you have for the gaps in your teeth.

  • martin

    please i feel pain in one of my front teeth, what is the home remedies for it.

    It started very mild but sometimes i feel the pain increasing little by little as time goes on am afraid it might get worse. Please help me
    thanks

    • Susan

      Hey Martin!

      This is a complex question.

      Pain is a signal something is wrong.

      For it to occur only in your front teeth would indicate that there is a problem with the tooth itself, a very specific point in the gum, the nerves attached to the teeth, or the bone structure.

      Typically, one of the home remedies used to relieve pain in teeth is clove oil. You can get this by chewing up a clove and letting the juices flow over your teeth. Chances are, this problem will get worse.

      We recommend visiting a dentist to find out what is going on.

  • manu

    i have only 1mm teeth gap which one is the best option please reply me

    • Susan

      Hey Manu!

      This is a great question, because we don’t get people asking questions with such a small gap.

      After doing a little research on dental forums, the consensus of dentists is to do nothing.

      A 1 millimeter gap is considered insignificant and likely to close on its own.

      Trying to do dental work to make such a small change has a greater likelihood of causing larger problems down the road.

  • Precious

    hy.my name is precious,I’m 13 years old I have a gap between my front teeth and my classmates always tease me with it . they always make fun of me and I’m afraid to open my mouth . I don’t want braces . I’ll be glad if u help me

    • Susan

      Hey Precious!

      It is possible the dental bands may help, but unless your teeth are perfect otherwise, it could make things worse.

      We recommend you see a dentist to know what your options are and why you have a gap in your teeth.

      A regular dentist will be willing to work with you, or if finances are an issue, there are clinics and other programs that can help pay for the dentist and braces.

  • Kamilia Bazzi

    Hello, I am a 13 year old girl with straight teeth, a perfect bite, and a 3 mm wide tooth gap in my front two teeth. My dentist says that I can’t get braces because of my bite, and I have to wait until I’m 17 for a surgery that will close my gap. Do you think the gap bands will work for me? If not, do you have any other requests to help me close my gap?

    • Susan

      Hey Kamilia!

      Congratulations on having a great smile, with just that one little imperfection.

      And good job with seeing the dentist.

      We recommend following the advice of your dentist. Trying to adjust things on your own could make things worse.

      There’s a reason the dentist is suggesting surgery rather than braces or dental bands.

      We recommend you talk with that dentist and find out the reasons and to see if the dental bands could help or just make things worse.

  • Timmehhh

    All These other comments are morons who didn’t even read the article asking “Which one best 4 me???”

    My comments even worse because I wasted my time making it, nobody cares… =(

    • Susan

      Hey Timmehhh!

      Many of the people who come here are very confused and are looking for someone, anyone who will help them make the right decision.

      We are glad that we can help them and direct them to the people who are going to help them the best.

  • Jessica H.

    Hello. I have a gap in the front of my two teeth which I can stick my gum in it. My bottom vampire tooth has moved forward so much I cnt close my mouth. My mouth is seriously is in pain. I dnt knw what procedures to get that will help me. And I also have a huge hole in the back of my tooth that’s stinks tremendously. How do I fix this hole? Where do I find the correct dental insurance where braces are included. Are metal braces right xfor me? Would u suggest implants? Which insurance covers that? I need some serious help

    • Susan

      Hey Jessica!

      We agree, you do need serious help.

      Each of these issues that you listed requires a dentist to help you.

      I think the biggest issues you have to deal right now with is the hole in your tooth.

      If there’s an odor, that means a bacterial infection. That can turn into a severe condition.

      We recommend you visit the dentist as soon as possible.

      They will be able to help you with each of these issues, including what insurance options are available to you.

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