Have you ever heard of diastema? Really, you probably have—even if you don’t know it. Diastema simply refers to a gap in someone’s smile. Typically, this gap is between the upper front teeth, though gaps can appear between anywhere. In fact, diastema can refer to gaps caused by missing teeth.
There are a few reasons you could have a gap between your teeth. For example, you could have teeth that are different sizes, missing teeth, or even teeth that are misaligned. Similarly, gaps can be the result of having teeth that are too small for your jawbone.
However, some gaps can be prevented. For example, some people have gaps because of gum disease. This means that by brushing and flossing every day, you may be able to avoid this issue. Similarly, if you thrust your tongue, you could eventually push your teeth out of place and create gaps. Unfortunately, if these issues aren’t corrected quickly, the gaps could widen.
Fortunately, there are a few options available to you, though we recommend speaking with Dr. Quinttus, Dr. Budde, or Dr. Sahw for specific advice. Naturally, if your problem stems from gum disease, you could treat the issue. Similarly, one of our dentists can give you advice on what you can do for tongue thrusting. To close gaps—whether caused naturally or not—you could try orthodontics, such as braces or Invisalign®, or dental veneers. Veneers are thin, shell-like appliances designed to attach to your tooth. Finally, if your gaps are large enough, you may want to consider an implant.
If you have gaps in your smile, or would like more information, please contact Rahn Dental Group soon at (937) 435-0324. We’re excited to hear from you!