Learn More About Tooth Gaps
You may have noticed that you have too much space in the middle of two or more teeth. This problem is known as diastema, and it commonly develops between the two upper front teeth.
Some gaps are small and barely noticeable, while others have larger spaces and may be considered a cosmetic issue. A gap between your teeth can be a source of concern and make you feel self-conscious when smiling. It can also be difficult to keep your teeth clean and healthy when there is a space between them.
Whether you’re looking to improve your smile for aesthetic reasons or because you’re experiencing difficulties with chewing and speaking, Hills Family Dental Centre can help. The dental team uses the latest techniques and technology to address this condition so that you may feel confident about your smile again.
Common Causes of
When teeth are too small for the jaw bone, they tend to seem too far apart. Such an issue can cause visible gaps to form between the teeth.
If you have a family history of diastema, you may be more likely to develop gaps between your teeth. Also, the size of the teeth and jawbone can be determined by genetics, so if small teeth run in your family, it could be a contributing factor.
A missing tooth could make the remaining ones push toward the empty spaces. This sudden shift can cause unattractive gaps in your smile.
The overgrowth of gum tissues can sometimes make the teeth seem smaller and cause significant distances between them.
Oversized labial frenum
If the tissue (labial frenum) that extends from the inside of the upper lips to the gum above the upper front teeth is enlarged, it can form a gap between these two teeth.
Poor oral habits
Certain oral habits can trigger the development of diastema. For instance, lip sucking, thumb sucking, and tongue thrusting can further widen the gap between the teeth.
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Dental Services That
Can Address Tooth Gaps
Gaps in your teeth can be improved with dental veneers; the procedure uses thin layers of porcelain or tooth-coloured composite, which can bond to the front surfaces of the teeth.
A dental crown can be used for addressing gaps in your smile by encasing each individual gapped tooth.
Smile makeovers can address a wide variety of cosmetic problems, such as diastema.
Clear aligners are nearly invisible and can address gapped teeth by gently pushing them into the proper position gradually.
You may expect to see noticeable changes in the appearance of your teeth, but they will look much more natural.
It is customised to match the color of your existing teeth and can restore your bite and chewing at the same time.`
The dentist in our clinic will assess the condition and suggest different dental procedures, which you can choose and combine to improve your smile.
They use customised trays that are based on an impression of your teeth.
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Tooth Gaps
While people may view excessive space in your teeth as purely cosmetic concerns, some potentially serious problems may arise. If tooth gaps are left untreated, plaque can build up and contribute to gum disease and tooth decay.
Additionally, it may cause your gums to recede, leading to loose teeth and eventually falling out over time. Hence, it’s important to consult a dentist to know about the best way to address them and avoid serious complications.
Addressing tooth gaps can enhance both your teeth’ function and aesthetics, which is beneficial for your oral health.
- Improved dental health. When teeth are properly aligned, brushing and flossing them is easier. It may reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
- Enhanced appearance. Gaps between teeth can be noticeable and affect your self-confidence. Closing these spaces can improve the aesthetics of your smile.
- Reduced risk of injury. Teeth that are spaced too far apart are more susceptible to chipping or breaking. By filling the gaps, you can help to protect your teeth from accidental damage.
The answer may depend on the dental treatment to use for addressing the problem. Suppose you’re using clear aligners to close tooth gaps; you may feel some pressure and soreness, particularly during the first few days or weeks.
But with dental veneers and crowns, you may experience little to no discomfort during the application process, although it may vary and whether you’re given anesthesia.
It depends on the specific diagnosis, the size of the gap, and the dental service you and your dentist prefer. A single gap can be closed using dental veneers, which may only take a few visits to the dentist depending on the type of material and application process.
On the other hand, addressing mild cases with orthodontic treatments like clear aligners may take about 6 to 8 months. However, more complex cases may require 12 months to 2 years of treatment. Consulting a dentist may give you a specific duration on how long it will take to close your tooth gaps.