When you look in the mirror, do you see a space between your teeth? A gap between front teeth is called a diastema. Although it isn’t harmful, it can be a source of embarrassment for many adults. If the space didn’t close after your permanent teeth erupted, you don’t need to feel insecure about your appearance any longer. Your cosmetic dentist offers the solutions you need for an attractive smile.
What is Diastema?
Diastema is classified as any gap between two teeth that is wider than 0.5 millimeters. It can occur with any teeth; however, the central incisors are the most prevalent location. People who have large spaces are at risk of certain dental issues from bacteria and plaque getting trapped in the gaps, like tooth decay and gum disease. Although treatment isn’t needed for medical purposes, diastema can cause a person to feel insecure about their smile. There are several reasons the gap can occur, such as from:
- Smaller than average teeth
- Oversized labial frenum
- Gum disease
- Poor oral habits, like thumb sucking
- Improper swallowing reflex
How Can I Close the Gap?
If you’re ready to close the gap in your smile, your cosmetic dentist can create the results you want. They’ll perform a thorough consultation to assess your needs and recommend a specific procedure, which can include:
A veneer is a thin shell that’s bonded to the front surface of a tooth to hide a variety of aesthetic imperfections. Overall, they improve the color, size, and shape of the teeth. While they are often used to cover discoloration and chips, they are also an effective option to close gaps between two teeth. After just 2 appointments, you can have the results you want to smile confidently.
Cosmetic bonding uses a resin material to fix minor issues, like gaps. The material is customized to match your enamel to blend in with your teeth. The minimally invasive treatment can create a drastic improvement in the appearance of your smile after just one appointment.
If gaps aren’t your only alignment concern, you might be a candidate for clear aligners. As an alternative to traditional braces, clear aligners are worn over your teeth to fix bite and alignment issues. You can invest in a healthy, straight smile without worrying about brackets and wires. Although every treatment plan varies, most patients are finished with their aligners in about 12 months.
Get a Beautiful Smile Today
It’s never too late to close the gaps in your smile. If you’re ready to invest in your self-esteem, your cosmetic dentist has the solutions you need to give your confidence a boost.
About Dr. Donald Marks
Dr. Marks earned his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh. As a lifelong learner, he is committed to regularly continuing his training to provide his patients with the best services. He combines the art and science of dentistry to create healthy, radiant smiles. If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.