Gaps in teeth are more commonly seen in children as many adults receive treatment as children to close their gaps. Gaps may result from either natural or behavioral causes. Plano cosmetic dentist Dr. Mark Sowell offers treatments for adults who wish to close gaps in their smiles.
As a child, you may develop gaps between your teeth as you grow and your jaw gets bigger while your baby teeth remain the same size. These gaps change once your baby teeth start to fall out and their larger permanent teeth move in to fill the spaces.
Gaps in adult teeth are referred to as diastemas. Diastemas appear most often between the two upper front teeth, though they can occur between any two teeth. Diastemas are normal and, like gaps found in children, may result from a mismatch between jaw bone size and teeth size.
If you are concerned about a gap in your teeth or have any questions, come in for a cosmetic consultation with Plano cosmetic dentist Dr. Mark Sowell and he will be able to determine what has caused the gaps and how best to close your gaps.
Why Do Spaces Form Between Teeth?
Other than normal sizing issues, there are three other reasons why gaps may form:
- Tumor growths – A gap can be a sign of a serious medical or dental condition. Tumor growths may need to be treated surgically.
- Gum disease – Gum disease, which results in a loss of bone that supports the teeth, may be prevented by regular brushing and flossing. However, if a gap is forming as a result of gum disease, call our office as soon as possible.
- Self-inflicted behavior – These gaps occur when people push their tongue against their front teeth when swallowing or as a result of “mouth jewelry.” This pushes teeth forward and makes small gaps bigger.
How We Fix Spaces Between Teeth
If you have a gap or have a small gap that is getting bigger, and feel unsatisfied with the aesthetics of your smile, Dr. Sowell offers cosmetic and restorative dental procedures that can close the gap.
Tooth Bonding– If the space between teeth is relatively small, dental bonding can be a solution. Tooth Bonding involves directly applying a tooth-colored resin and sculpting it into the desired shape for a natural result. It can be completed in just one visit and is very affordable.
Dental Veneers – Fixing bigger gaps may require reshaping using porcelain veneers. Teeth veneers are custom-made in a dental lab. They are ultra-thin, shell-like coverings for your teeth that will look and feel like a natural tooth. The medical-grade material offers advanced treatment to meet your cosmetic needs and durable results that will resist stains.
Invisalign®/ClearCorrect™ clear aligners – Invisalign and ClearCorrect use a series of clear, plastic retainer-like devices to gradually realign the positioning of teeth, closing the gap. They should be worn for at least 22 hours every day. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before moving on to the next set.