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Teeth, Closing Gaps with Orthofill Bands

Updated on November 17, 2012
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Oral health and hygiene is and has been linked to other health problems. So taking care of ones mouth is important, vitally important and not that difficult to monitor and solve.

Teeth spacing and gaps in teeth are linked to physical traits that are inherited, like one's nose shape, face shape and others.

We use several things to look our best and our teeth is one of the most obvious, because it is the most noticeable after our visible physical looks. People notice our smiles, therefore they notice our teeth, which can be an asset or a drawback especially when we want to be our most attractive.

Yet physical beauty, natural or enhanced by any amount of makeup or physical work done can not cover a heart that is dark, ugly and diseased, emotionally.

Nowadays, it seems that there is more of a focus on our mouths, not because of our health but because of our looks. How we appear to others matters but to what extent?

We seem to have forgotten that the beauty, true beauty of a person is from the inside out...

But it never hurts to improve one's physical appearance within reason and our smile and teeth can make all the difference.

Tooth gaps

Orthofill has filled a gap, no pun intended, for many of us that struggle with money issues but still want to look as beautiful as possible.

Oral health basics

  • brush teeth with a soft bristle brush, after meals especially sugary ones
  • floss, at the very least once daily
  • clean tongue by scraping because of bacterial buildup
  • gargle, twice daily

Regular visits to a dentist.

Dental suggestions, only use soft toothbrushes, this helps with not eroding the enamel of the teeth, flossing daily removes food particles that will decay and cause tooth decay, that the toothbrush can not reach.

Brush the tongue or scrape it to reduce the bacteria and buildup of food coatings, daily mouth use..

Gargling to wash away unwanted germs and particles. Peroxide is always good to use for killing germs, removing particles and entering small unnoticeable areas that contribute to an clean mouth.

When best to use

  • only gaps
  • teeth basically straight
  • no other dental issues


  • Inexpensive
  • Available
  • less pain
  • less time
  • self manageable, at home, no dental appointments necessary
  • easy application
  • easy manipulation
  • convenient
  • less noticeable, almost invisible


  • not permanent, if not used consistently
  • small gaps only
  • some pain, teeth shifting

What they are

  • elastic bands made of polymer not latex


  • can't easily eat with them on
  • impairs speech, causes hissing
  • if not mindful can create other gaps in other areas
  • can ride up into the gums, if peridontal issues- bone loss

Basic instructions of use

  1. Place one band over the two gapped teeth.
  2. Remove band after 12 continuous hours
  3. Wait 12 hours then place a new band on
  4. Once the gap is fully closed, wear the band 30 consecutive days for 24 hours a day

Untreatable cases

  • no spaces bigger than 3.5 mm, no spacing around the mouth
  • no fake teeth or weak teeth
  • crooked teeth
  • not for under 16 years old

Recommendation: Best time to wear them is at night, when you are going to bed and won't be eating again or when it is convenient but never miss more than 2 days when you are completing the 30 days.


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      Celiegirl 5 years ago

      Thanks Treasuresofheaven, it matters and i had just visited the dentist, who makes it her business to remind us of oral health. The Orthofill when i purchased them last year was less than $40. Why Bobby Brown, the singer or who?

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      Sima Ballinger 5 years ago from Michigan

      Good tips and reminders of hygiene health. Wonder if these Orthofill bands are inexpensive. There are lots of things we can do to improve our teeth health. This article made me think of Bobby Brown.

      Good job.