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Fixing a gap between my front teeth without getting braces

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Posted by: James1865  (9 years ago)
Hi,

I am 18 years old. My teeth are straight but I have a gap in between my two front teeth. I was not really bothered about it before but I've started to become conscious about it recently. I went to the dentist today for my regular dental visit ( I usually do this twice a year). I asked him what can be done with the gap in between my front teeth and he told me that I will have to get braces. They will extract the baby teeth ( canine and first premolar) and will have the adult teeth pulled down. He said that sometimes baby canine does not come out on time and the adult teeth don't erupt on their own very well without a little help to pull them down.

I really do not want braces. I have heard they are uncomfortable to have and I find them ugly. I would rather wait it out and see if the adult teeth will fall out on their own. Any thoughts on this? Can I ask for an artificial tooth to be placed in that gap instead? I would be grateful for any tips or suggestions.
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
HI James. On average your canines are supposed to be replaced with your permanent canines around 11-13 years of age. In your case waiting won't be ideal. There are other options of braces and you do not need to get the metal ones. You can consult with an orthodontist who can offer products and services to best fit your needs. You will have a great smile by the time your 20 if you start now. If by 18 you have not replaced all your primary teeth then an intervention is needed. An artificial tooth would be very unaesthetic in the front. You can also have the space closed by using composite depending on you wide the gap is.
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