My child has spacing between his front teeth. Can this be closed?

Jan 11

There can be a few reasons why your child may have spacing between their teeth.

Spacing can be related to:

1) The overall position of the teeth,

2) The difference between the size of the teeth and the size of the jaws,

3) Some teeth being proportionally smaller than they should be.

In regards to the position of the teeth, spacing is most often related to the teeth being too protrusive or too far forward.

This is common in children that have had a thumb-sucking habit. The thumb can put pressure on the back of the front teeth and push them forward.

This spacing can be corrected with orthodontics. Appliances (including braces) can be used to move the teeth back into better positions.

With respect to generalized spacing between all the teeth. This can be related to an overall size difference between what is needed and what is available.

It is more common to see an overall lack of space (crowding) than too much space. This spacing can also be corrected with orthodontics.

Lastly, spacing between the front teeth can be related some teeth being too small. The most common culprits are the maxillary lateral incisors.

These are often described as peg-shaped, and as such look rounded in shape.

Unfortunately, this spacing cannot be closed in most cases and the better option is to have the small teeth restored to their proper size.

This is important for both aesthetics and for proper function (i.e. making sure that your top teeth and bottom teeth fit properly together).


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