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Question:
My two front teeth gap: I have had braces for almost a year, and the orthodontist says I might have 2 or 3 more visits with him until I can officially take off my braces.

But the thing is my 2 front teeth are nowhere near closing! One of my front tooth is twisted and the other one is straight.

I asked my orthodontist and he said that the gap might not close, because something about my teeth not being a square shape? But my teeth are perfectly shaped, and I KNOW one of my tooth is crooked because I can feel it.

So my question is, Can my gap close? I don't have much time left with braces and I don't think I'm any where near done, I still have a big gap! What'll happen when I take my braces off with a noticeable gap? ... Visitor from Baton Rouge

Answer:
One of the most common issues that interferes with orthodontic "closing" of central incisor tooth gaps is the existence of "too much" frenum tissue between the upper lip and the central inscisors.

Your orthodontist "should" be aware of this possibility.

The usual treatment, given that you have "too much" frenum tissue.... is a simple laser treatment that removes the excess amount of tissue.

If you DO have an overabundance of frenum tissue (it is thick and fibrous).... orthodontics alone is typically not sufficient to overcome the issue.

Because most orthodontic specialists are NOT involved with cosmetic dentistry treatments.... they may be at a loss for recommending follow up treatments that can help YOU get exactly what you want.

The "final treatments" that will achieve what you are EXPECTING will likely require additional treatments from a cosmetic dentist.

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