Spacing, the opposite of crowding, is an excess of available space resulting in gaps between the teeth. This generally occurs when the teeth are smaller than the available space. Protrusive teeth, missing or impacted teeth or abnormal gum tissue attachments can also cause spacing.
Spacing should be corrected because it can:
- Result in gum problems due to the lack of protection by the teeth
- Prevent proper functioning of the teeth
- Make your smile less attractive
How can spacing of the teeth be orthodontically corrected?
Moving the teeth together and properly aligning them within the jaws can close the spaces.