Having a gap or a space between your teeth? Are you at times, embarrassed of it, especially when smiling? Does the spacing bother you while eating? If so, you’re not alone. Spacing between the teeth is also known as Diastema. It is a relatively common dental concern that can occur in both adults as well as adults. However, in children, the gap typically closes when their permanent teeth kick in.
The most common occurrences of Diastema take place between the two front teeth, but gaps can still occur anywhere. There are several reasons why people have this extra space between their teeth—from genetics to age and facial trauma to dental procedures and more. Dental habits also play a part in the formation of teeth gaps.
Is gaps between teeth Good or Bad?
Having gaps and spaces between the teeth can put you at risk for certain oral health complications. For example:
- Large spaces and gaps leave lots of room for tooth decay
- If decay and bacteria persist within the mouth, it can lead to periodontal disease. If it gets severe, periodontal disease can cause bone loss.
- Eating food may become uncomfortable – this may deter you from maintaining a healthy diet. The ability to bite well can also cause problems with digestion.
- Food particles stuck in the mouth can cause a number of oral diseases – cavity, gum disease, teeth staining and more
- A misaligned bite can lead to problems with your jaw bone, which in turn can put you at risk of developing chronic headaches.
How can I fix the gap between my teeth?
There are many ways for closing the gap between the teeth. Orthodontists and dentists will find the procedure that will work best for you depending on the cause of your Diastema.
Treatment Options for Tooth Spacing or Diastema
Some of the treatment options for fixing tooth gaps are:
- Use of traditional Braces or Invisalign – Although Invisalign have shown to be more effective
- Veneers or Bonding
- Use of Dental Bridge, Dental Implants
- Frenum Surgery
- Putting an end to poor dental habits like tongue-thrusting and thumb sucking.