A diastema is a space or gap between two teeth, typically the upper two front teeth. This is very common amongst children but exists in adult teeth as well.
What causes spaces between teeth?
- An imbalance between the size of the teeth and the jaw
- Oversized labial frenum
- Thumb sucking
- Incorrect swallowing reflex that causes tongue thrusting
Treatment options include:
This is recommended for younger patients, who have virgin teeth (no restorative work), or when the diastema is one of the multiple problems that require orthodontic treatment. Conventional braces can be worn, or Invisalign clear aligner trays.
Prosthetic cap that is custom made by a lab technician to fit over the teeth. They are permanent and are made slightly wider than the natural teeth to ensure diastema closure and takes about 2-3 weeks to complete treatment.
It is done by the dentist in-office and is becoming a very popular and aesthetic method to close gaps between teeth, anterior or posterior. This process consists of building up composite material and then hand-contoured for a perfect finish.
Gaps between teeth not only affect your appearance but may affect speech and eat as well. Book a consultation with the dentists at our newmarket dental office to find out what treatment option best suits you!