Gaps and missing teeth
Illustration tooth gaps
Many people only have a gap treated if it interferes aesthetically. Missing teeth quite often give rise to permanent misalignments since surrounding teeth can move into the existing gap. This relocation causes broader recesses in the interdental spaces where plaque tends to form.
If neighbouring teeth change position, by growing, for example, at an angle into the adjacent gap, long-term misalignment of teeth can result. The possible outcome: Improper strain on the jaw joint which can also affect the head, neck or back areas.