Can you use a regular rubber band to close a gap between your teeth?
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Can you use a regular rubber band to close a gap between your teeth?

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No. Attempting to close a teeth gap - also known as a dyastema - with a rubber band may lead to a temporary fix, but could also cause many eventual dental problems.

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The best and safest way to close an unwanted gap in between teeth is to get braces, which are often covered by insurance. Trying to close a gap with a rubber band - even bands which are sold on websites for the sole purpose of closing teeth gaps - can actually lead to loose teeth. In addition, sometimes gaps that are present during the teenage years can close themselves by the time of adulthood.

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