How to Make a Gap in Your Teeth at Home
When the tooth develops in the mouth, a space (called a diastema) can form between two teeth. This space may be due to overcrowding or an abnormality of development. It may also occur as a result of trauma to the teeth. When this happens, it’s essential for both your dentist and orthodontist to know about it so they can help maintain proper dental health.
In some cases, there are surgical treatments available that could close up this gap permanently. However, if you have a small gap that doesn’t bother you much and only needs filling now and then, here are some at-home remedies you can try. In this article, I will discuss how to make a gap in your teeth at home.
A Detailed Stepwsie Guide on How to Make a Gap in Your Teeth at Home:
Step 1: Measure the Width of Your Front Teeth
Measure the width of your front teeth with a ruler, and write down your measurement in inches. In this example, we have a gap between our front teeth that is 2 inches wide. The goal in this step is to measure how much space you want to create between your teeth using string before actually chipping away at your tooth enamel to avoid creating an even wider gap than desired.
Step 2: Cut a Piece of String or Waxed Cord to Size
Cut two pieces of string, one twice as long as the other one. We will use these pieces during different steps, so it’s good to keep them separated. For now, double pieces of string up so they are both about half the size of your teeth’ gap width.
Step 3: Apply Glue to Your Teeth and Create a Gap with the Longer Piece of String
To keep your newly created gap clean while working on it, use some wood glue (titebond is what we used) and apply it to your tooth enamel around where you’d like to make a gap. Try to avoid getting too close to the gums and pressing very hard, but do try and get some inside your actual teeth since this will help hold everything in place when we press the longer piece of string into your teeth.
Using the more significant amount of cord, carefully press it into each tooth one at a time along the length of the glued area. If a piece of string is too long after you’ve done this step, carefully cut it down using a pair of scissors and the edge of a tabletop.
Step 4: Add More Glue Around Your Gap and Mark Where You Want to Cut with the Short String
Once your glue has dried, add more to the gap between your teeth and press in the shorter piece of string. This string should be completed within your teeth so that when we get around to cutting our tooth gap, there isn’t any overhanging cord left, which could lead to accidentally cutting apart some healthy teeth while we’re working on our opening. Take a marker or pen and mark where you’d like to start cutting, and refer back to our measurements from before just in case you think you might have made the gap a bit wider than it needs to be.
Step 5: Apply More Glue Around Your Gap and Now Cut Between Your Marks
Using the string as your guide, cut down between each of your marks, holding your scissors perpendicular to your teeth so that you’re cutting straight through them. The cord might get pushed out towards one side or the other but don’t worry about this since we’ll fix it in the next step.
Step 6: Place Some Dental Floss Under Your String Gap
Take some dental floss and place some under each side of our newly created gap, which will hold things in place while keeping everything level on either side of our tooth gap. Without this step, there is a chance that our new hole will push our front teeth upwards and out of position.
Step 7: Use Superglue to Fix Our String Gap and Floss Pieces to Your Teeth
Using a small amount of superglue (or other strong adhesives), carefully place it on the area above our gap where we cut through one or two of our string pieces, along with any dental floss that may have come loose during this step. Then, carefully press your glued strings back into place as flat as possible, making sure to keep them level with each other so that they aren’t slanted towards one side or another.
Precautions While Making a Gap in Your Teeth at Home:
It would help if you took care of a few things before making a gap in your teeth at home.
* You should not do it if you have braces or any permanent tooth already installed.
* If you are under the age of 18, consult with an adult first.
* Never try to make a gap in your baby’s or primary molar teeth as they tend to develop rapidly and might cause problems later on.
* Always use fluoride toothpaste twice a day after using homemade remedies for months together. This will help strengthen your natural enamel and prevent excessive staining of teeth.
When Should I consult a Dentist?
Understandably, you wouldn’t want to go through the trouble of finding a dentist, sitting in an uncomfortable chair for hours, and spending money to fix what could be done at home. However, filling your cavities isn’t worth the risk. The reason why it’s not safe is that once you put material into your tooth or gums, it can’t be removed.
If you are experiencing sharp pains, sensitivity to hot/cold foods/drinks, misshapen teeth, or any other discomfort, please seek out a dentist as soon as possible so they may determine the cause of your pain and treat you accordingly.
Which Ingredients Relives Dental Pain?
You can try this simple and cheap method to get rid of the dental pain you’re dealing with.
What You’ll Need:
Four tablespoons salt two teaspoons baking soda four tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil An old cloth
Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix well until combined evenly. Then apply it to your affected tooth using clean fingertips. Make sure that you apply the extra amount of the mixture onto the painful area. Keep massaging for 5-10 minutes, then rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. This recipe will give temporary relief from pain, but consult your dentist as soon as possible if you feel like you need a more permanent solution.
I hope this article has offered all the answers on how to make a gap in your teeth at home. Ensure all the precautions and consult a dentist if needed. Thank you and have a nice day!