Spacing, the opposite of crowding, is an excess of space for your teeth, resulting in gaps between your teeth. This generally occurs when the teeth are smaller than the available space. Protrusive teeth, missing or impacted teeth, or abnormal tissue attachments to the gums 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
Spacing of the teeth can be corrected orthodonically by moving the teeth together and properly aligning them within the arch.