Gapped teeth, commonly known as diastema, result in noticeable gaps between teeth. This sort of genetic gap is predicted to exist in 50% of children under the age of 5, and it usually resolves on its own by the age of nine. However, the gap may not close on its own if it hasn’t closed after the adult canine and incisor teeth have grown in.
Gaps Between Teeth: What causes them?
Aside from heredity, a few additional factors might cause dental gaps. For example, if your child’s jaw and tooth sizes are mismatched, there may be an excess area in the jaw for the teeth to distance apart. Gaps between the two front teeth can also be caused by childhood activities such as using a pacifier or thumb-sucking.
Frenum (tissue between lips and gums) problems cause gaps in the teeth. This band of tissue can hinder the two front teeth from closing together if it is excessively thick.
How to get rid of Dental Gaps
Various therapies can be used to fix gaps in the teeth. Orthodontic braces are the most popular method of closing gaps between teeth.
Dental implants: Spaces between teeth can attract dangerous germs, cause bone loss, and cause neighboring teeth to move. Dental implants are the best and most long-term method for bridging a gap between teeth caused by tooth loss.
Braces: In complicated cases, braces are the more effective treatment for closing unwanted gaps and spaces. Traditional orthodontic therapy can help with mild to severe cases of misalignment.
Invisalign: Without traditional metal braces, Invisalign uses 3-D imaging to move and shift a patient’s teeth into perfect alignment. Clear aligners fill gaps between teeth and improve bite alignment by pressing them together. Invisalign treatments provide the same results as traditional braces without the use of metal, and they’re a great way to close tiny gaps between teeth.
Dental bonding: Dental bonding is an excellent option for closing tiny gaps in the front teeth and addressing cosmetic concerns. A tooth-colored composite resin is expertly placed to close the gap between the front teeth. Patients with a misaligned bite, crooked or crowded teeth might consider dental bonding.
Veneers: Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells put to the teeth’ surface to hide stains and cover tiny gaps. Veneers may convert crooked teeth into a properly spaced, formed smile in only one visit.
Dental Crowns: It is a type of dental restoration. When a little tooth causes a gap between teeth, a porcelain crown can be used to fill the gap.
A professional will prescribe the best treatment solution for your smile based on the size and severity of your gap. Not only are aesthetics important to us, but we also make sure that all of our patients have the best possible comfort and bite stability.
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