What Can Be Done for Gaps in Teeth?

24 Jul 2020 by  admin in Dentistry

A gap between two teeth, or a diastema, can form anywhere in the mouth but is most noticeable between the two front teeth. Diastemas are more common than you would think, affecting both adults and children.

While some gaps are small or not noticeable in a far corner of the mouth, other gaps are very noticeable and can cause issues with self-confidence. Luckily, diastemas are fairly simple to fix with treatments like dental bonding, veneers, and orthodontics.

What causes gaps in teeth?

Diastemas can occur in both adults and children between any two teeth in the mouth. There are several potential causes for diastemas, including:

  • Jawbone or Tooth Size – Too big or too small teeth or jaw bones can cause extra space to grow between the teeth.
  • Thumb Sucking – Thumb sucking can pull the front teeth forward and form gaps.
  • Oversized Labial Frenum – The labial frenum is the tissue that extends from the upper lip to the gums. If it’s oversized, it can force a gap to form between the two front teeth.
  • Improper Swallowing – A swallow should press the tongue against the roof of the mouth. However, some people push their tongue against their front teeth when they swallow, which can create a gap.
  • Gum Disease – Gum disease can weaken the jawbone, which causes the teeth to loosen and move.

Can gaps in teeth be fixed?

Gaps in teeth can be fixed! In fact, fixing gaps in teeth can help with both smile aesthetics and overall dental health.

Depending of the severity of the diastema, there are a few different treatment options:

  • Dental Bonding – Dental bonding is a treatment in which a tooth-colored resin is attached to the teeth and then hardened in order to bond the separated teeth together. This treatment is one of the fastest and most economical as it doesn’t require the removal of enamel, though the bonding material lacks some of the strength and longevity of other gap treatments.
  • Veneers – Veneers are thin pieces of material, oftentimes porcelain, that are shaped and colored to match your teeth and bonded to the front of your teeth. Like a mask or building façade, veneers cover any dental imperfections including gaps.
  • Orthodontics – Sometimes the gap requires more than a simple cosmetic procedure. Using braces to close tooth gaps means getting braces on all the teeth, as simply closing the front gap would create new gaps in other places. Luckily, there are modern invisible aligners that give the same effects of metal braces without the downsides.

These are just a few of the ways gaps in teeth can be fixed. Speak with your dentist to come up with a personalized treatment plan that suits your needs.

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Additional Resources:

  1. Healthline.com, Diastema, https://www.healthline.com/health/diastema
  2. Medical News Today, What is a Diastema? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/diastema
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