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How to Close a Gap without Braces

Updated on August 3, 2012
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In this day and age, almost everyone is judging people with the way they look rather than how they are as a person. Fair enough, it is the physical aspect of the person that we seem to notice because humans are visual beings. Thus, with the pressure comes the desire to look beautiful or passable, which means a gap between teeth must be rectified, since it is unsightly.

But braces are gap closure alternative that requires the person to sacrifice a lot before the big beautiful reveal of a set of perfect teeth. You have to appear geeky for one year or more, stuck with uncomfortable wires, not to mention the discomfort or soreness you occasionally feel.

So, now you want to ask a question that you desperately need an answer to and that is how to close a gap without braces. No problem. I have compiled a list of alternative to braces that can help fix teeth gap or help straighten your teeth.

Porcelain Veneer Bonding

Porcelain veneers are made of restorative materials placed over the tooth surface and is made to look similar to your original tooth, in both shape and color. In order to have an exact replication of your tooth, the dentist will create an impression (or a mold) of your teeth to ensure that it is custom fit. It’s a great alternative to braces, since without wires, it will be less obstructive and less visible.

Oral bands

Oral bands are made of synthetic bands that when used put gradual pressure on the gap to close it permanently. It looks like any normal band but is made purely to close a gap between teeth without hassle. One of the best providers of oral bands is Orthofill.


Invisalign uses a transparent base to create a mold of your teeth to secure its fitting are perfect and comfortable enough for the person who will be wearing it. Invisalign like oral bands, apply gradual pressure to your teeth to slowly put them back into their rightful place. One good thing about invisalign is that it is invisible, thus, called invisible braces.

Temporary transparent splints

Temporary transparent splints are used to slowly move teeth back into position using fiber strips. The fiber provides versatility and substantial strength in easing tooth placement. However, it will take several process of attaching new splints every 6-8 weeks until the desired position is achieved, which usually takes 6-9 months.

There are a lot of alternatives to help you in closing a gap between teeth when you search the web. Better yet, go to your dentist and seek consultation on the best tooth gap treatment that does not involve braces. Dental professionals can help you look at the pros and cons of each alternative.


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      Botlhe segaise 2 years ago

      I hear positive comments on orthofill bands ,how do i get one ??i am in Botswana...

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      M.Tayyeb 2 years ago

      We need this in pakistan plz

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      Haze Yula 5 years ago from New York

      yeah,. there really are a lot of alternative to braces... One of which is orthofill bands.. They are ellastic bands that are made specifically for teeth gaps.. ^_^ Have a great day guys...

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I've noticed more and more attention to dental care now than before in the Philippines. many companies don't have dental plans for their employees. it's sad.

      BAck in my early dads, braces are usually associated with being dorky. Now, it's becoming a fashion trend. It's even seen as a status symbol. It's expensive here in the Philippines and only those who can afford can get one.

      Now I can see there are alternatives to getting those gaps fixed. Thanks for the info.

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      Pamela-anne 5 years ago from Miller Lake

      Wow how interesting I had no idea there was so many different options instead of going with the wire braces awesome! thanks for info. Voting up.