Gap-toothed grins: Love them or hate them?
For some people, a gap between the two front teeth can look adorable. Others are bothered by how it looks. Thus, closing that gap often becomes a matter of personal preference and aesthetic taste. But in some cases, gaps between teeth can bring about dental health problems. Finding the right solution to close those, with the help of a trusted dentist, should be a priority.
A gap between two teeth may pose some risks to your overall dental health. Having spaces between the teeth can make it easy for food particles to be lodged between the gaps. It can make the teeth and gums difficult to thoroughly clean even with vigorous and regular brushing and flossing. The gaps can retain sugars and bacteria that can build up and become cavities, tartar or a cause of infection. In this case, closing the spaces in teeth is a dental health need. This can happen regardless of the affected teeth’s location (not just the front teeth) and if gaps occur between more than two teeth.
Causes of Diastema
The medical name for the gap between two teeth is diastema. Some of the cases of this condition include:
Natural development: Many children have teeth gaps which close up on their own as their dental structure matures. If this is the cause, treatment is often unnecessary; parents just have to wait for the baby teeth to fall out and mature teeth to grow.
Teeth size is too small for jaw size.
Habits such as excessive or prolonged thumb-sucking.
Protruding, too wide or too large labial frenum (the tissue inside the center of your upper lip).
Your dentist in Silver Spring, MD will develop a treatment plan for you according to the cause of the gap. Some of the possible treatment options are:
- Periodontal treatment if necessary, before conducting actual treatment
- Crown and bridgework, porcelain veneers or dental bonding to correct the appearance
- Dental implants if the gap is caused by missing tooth
- Dental braces, retainer therapy or Invisalign to correct teeth misalignment
- Dental surgery to reposition or resize for the labial frenum
As always, maintaining diligent dental hygiene practices will allow you to maintain the beauty, health and strength of your smile that you have regained after diastema treatment. Talk to your Silver Spring dentist today and know more about how to manage your teeth gaps and ensure superior teeth and gum health at all times.