A noticeable gap present between your front two teeth is known as ‘Diastema’. If the gap is big, your smile may appear less attractive which can diminish your self-confidence. For this reason, you may be tempted to try several ways and spend heavily to have gap-less teeth.


Several companies now manufacture the dentist-approved teeth bands called orthodontic bands to help you close your teeth gaps. Orthodontic Bands have become popular among teenagers but they usually prefer to close the gap through DIY methods using poor quality rubber bands or hair bands which can lead to severe health issues.

What are Gap Bands?

Teeth gap bands or orthodontic bands are simply tiny elastic rubber bands that help fill the gap between your teeth straightens your bite. These elastic bands are also known as orthofill bands or dental bands. Teeth gap bands are safe if you use them as directed, and will not harm your dental health. But if you have a previous medical history of teeth problems, then you must get in touch with your dentist before using orthodontic bands.

Do They Work?

You should essentially rule out having any potential problems like periodontal disease, cavities, or any other issues that would require being addressed before getting these orthodontic bands. These orthodontic bands have varying effects on various people depending upon the width of the gap.

  • They tend to fix the less wide gap in a much easier and efficient manner, but if the gap is large then it may take several days for the gap to fill and may even lead to some teeth problems.

  • This solution is not permanent because when you stop using the bands the gap is created again after some.

What Are the Side Effects of Teeth Bands?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has published a consumer alert warning urging people not to attempt altering the position of their teeth without getting examined by a qualified orthodontist so as to prevent lifelong teeth damage and loss of your teeth. If you are considering orthodontic bands to close gaps in your teeth, you should first get yourself professionally examined in order to gain an extensive knowledge about your dental health.

Here are some of the common side effects of orthodontic bands:

  • Since your teeth are not supposed to be exactly square and taper upwards, there are greater chances of the elastic bands moving up your teeth or receding below your gum.

  • You would need to keep the bands placed in your mouth permanently and it is possible for the bands to slide under the gum while sleeping, and it can be extremely difficult to remove the band as such.

  • If the bands are not re-positioned correctly, you may acquire gum disease as well as loss of the concerned teeth.

  • Apart from getting your teeth moved at wrong angle, during a DIY method, you may face issues like getting your blood supply cut off and nerve damage to your teeth and gums,

  • If you are getting treated for closing one gap through teeth bands, there is a big possibility that other gaps will get opened and this can lead to severe teeth misalignment issue for you.

  • As a result of misalignment, your teeth will no longer fit precisely together and this can cause uneven pressure on your jaw leading to severe jaw pain and other orthodontic problems.

  • You could suffer from an irreparable damage like permanent tooth loss if you try to relocate your teeth with existing non-diagnosed oral health problems.

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Why An Orthodontist?

While it’s a fact that an orthodontist can be an expensive choice but replacing missing teeth and fixing damage caused by teeth gap bands can be costlier. A skilled orthodontist carefully plans the movement of the teeth so that when complete, your teeth still fit together smoothly and do not create uneven pressure on your jaw.

What Are the Other Ways to Fix Gaps in Your Teeth?

Some of the commonly used methods by professional dentists to fix teeth gap include:

October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

Did you know that properly aligned teeth not only enhances your face aesthetics but can also affect your total health? When left untreated, your distorted teeth may cause periodontal disease and premature deterioration of your enamel. Periodontal disease may also enhance the risk some life-threatening diseases including cardiovascular disease.

National Orthodontic Health Month is observed every October. During this month, orthodontists across the country try to enhance people’s awareness of the positive consequences of orthodontic care on both lasting dental health and self-confidence.
For more information, visit the website: http://www.fabeydentalstudios.com/

Fabey Dental Studios is a leading dental care service provider in Easton. We value our patients and are committed to provide comprehensive dental services like, bonding and white filling, bridges, crowns, dentures and periodontal health services. Our staff stays current with the latest technology and advances in dentistry and has gained a reputation of excellence in rendering optimal oral health and esthetic dentistry.

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