Gap Teeth and Braces: What Causes the Gaps?

Gaps in the teeth is an orthodontic concern that many people seek treatment for. Most patients seek treatment for their teeth gaps for cosmetic reasons simply because they do not feel confident in the appearance of their smile, but gaps in the teeth can cause health concerns as well. Having gapped teeth can cause speech problems and create a misaligned bite of your teeth, which can lead to other oral health problems.

Close up of a girl with gaps between her front teeth wears traditional braces with blue bands.

Having gaps between the teeth is often due to genetics, meaning your parents and/or grandparents might have suffered from gaps between their teeth as well. However, there are outside factors that can cause gaps in the teeth such as:

  • Thumb Sucking: Excessive thumb sucking as a child can alter the way your teeth grow in, which can create a gap between the teeth.
  • Small Teeth: Having smaller teeth can create more space between each tooth creating gaps between the teeth.
  • Untreated Gum Disease: When gum disease, or periodontitis, is left untreated, it can cause your gums to recede and your teeth to shift, creating gaps between your teeth.

There are several treatment options to correct gapped teeth, but gap teeth and braces are most often associated because getting braces is the most common treatment option to fix gaps in the teeth.

Treatment Options for Gapped Teeth

Braces are the most common form of treatment for straightening teeth and correcting gaps between the teeth. Braces work to correct gaps by pulling the teeth together using the tension of the wires and brackets of the braces. At Braces Braces, we offer multiple braces treatment options to fit your preference and budget including traditional metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign aligners.

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are usually the image that pops into a patient’s mind when they hear that they need braces because metal braces have been used as a teeth straightening treatment much longer than the other braces options. Metal braces use small metal wires and brackets to straighten the teeth over a period of time. A lot of patients opt for this gap-correcting braces option because it is an affordable choice and they are easy to maintain. You can also personalize your metal braces by choosing the colors of the bands that go into your braces.

Clear Braces

Although traditional metal braces are a trustworthy treatment option, there are now braces options that are less noticeable than metal braces. Clear braces work the same way as metal braces, but the brackets and wires are tooth colored instead of metal. Clear braces are a great choice for patients who are looking to straighten their teeth and correct gaps between teeth while also having braces that are more subtle than traditional metal braces.


Invisalign is a quickly growing treatment option for straightening teeth because it is nearly invisible while being equally as effective as braces. Invisalign treatment has removable trays that can be taken out at mealtime, making this treatment option extremely easy to care for and manage.

Because the Invisalign trays can be removed, it is important that the patient be diligent about keeping the Invisalign in their mouth for the appropriate amount of time in order for the treatment to be effective. Invisalign is pricier than metal and clear braces, but a lot of patients choose this treatment option because it subtly corrects the teeth due to its “invisible” nature.

Whichever treatment option you decide will be sure to correct the gaps between your teeth and help you become a more confident version of yourself by creating your ideal smile!

Contact Braces Braces with Any Additional Questions About Gapped Teeth and Braces!

If you have any additional questions about gap teeth and braces, feel free to give one of our Atlanta Braces Braces offices a call today at (770) 222-2322! We will help you get scheduled for an appointment to go over which gap correcting treatment option is the right choice for you.

Close up of a girl with gaps between her front teeth wears traditional braces with blue bands.