Spacing (the opposite of crowding), is an excess of space which results in gaps between your teeth. This generally occurs when the widths of all teeth combined is less than the available arch space. Spacing can be caused by protrusive teeth, missing teeth, impacted teeth, small teeth, tongue thrusting or abnormal tissue attachments to the gums.
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
- cause dental decay from food impaction