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There are 2 ways of fixing the gap bestrewn your teeth: either by filling it with tooth colored material or by closing it with braces
If the gap is not too wide, you can discuss the possibility of filling it by adding tooth color material to your teeth.
However, the concern is why the gap is getting wider. You probably have a traumatic bit that is pushing your front teeth forward… in that case, the option is orthodontics. I understand that finances are a problem right now. You might want to discuss the possibility that your dentist could build you a night guard/ retainer to keep the teeth from spreading even further until you can afford to have another solution
I hope this helps!
Dr Mariana Levy
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The gap is not that wide.. I've heard of Invisalign. I also heard that a dentist can attach a tiny metal wire behind the teeth that pulls them together and adjust it as they get closer. Are these good alternatives to braces and how much should I expect to spend. Thanks.
Invisalign is quite expensive… from $4500 up...
Regarding a wire placed to close the gap… I would not recommend that. It is not a controlled way of moving your teeth and it can actually move your teeth in undesirable ways
If the gap is not that wide, you might want to consider having it filled
Wouldn't the wire be essentially the same as braces? Just not on all of them.. the rest of my teeth are perfect. What type of insurance would cover this?
No; the wire alone is not the same as braces… the braces actually control the wires and apply the forces in a controlled manner.
The other teeth serve as anchorage, so they need to be tied too
There are insurances that cover braces, but that is not something I am familiar with… I am afraid you will need to call different dental insurances and shop around about that. Some of them will cover a percentage
Ok well thank you for your information.
You are welcome!!!
Good luck to you..
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