Gapped teeth refer to the space between the teeth. It becomes more noticeable when the gap is between the two upper front teeth. However, this condition affects both children and adults. In children, the gap disappears once their permanent teeth grow.
Some Gaps are hard to notice, whereas the larger gap is an aesthetic issue for some. If you have decided to close the gap in your teeth, continue reading.
Causes of teeth gap:
Different factors contribute to the development of gaps in teeth. In some people, the cause of the teeth gap is smaller teeth that don’t fill the jaw bone. As a result, the teeth are spaced too far apart. Genetics do play a key role in deciding the size of teeth and Jaw bone, so if one of your parents has space between the teeth, the chance of you having the teeth gap is high.
Your child may develop diastema ( space between teeth) if she\he has a habit of thumb sucking. Because sucking motion puts pressure on the front tooth, causing them to pull forward.
Diastema may also develop from tongue thrust, this may seem like a harmless reflex, but too much pressure on teeth can cause space between the tooth. Another cause of diastema is gum disease. In this case, the gum infection damages the tissue supporting teeth that result in loss of teeth.
Treatment for Gap in teeth:
If you have decided to treat diastema, your outlook is positive. Thanks to the advancement of dentistry as a whole. Braces are a common solution for diastema. It applies pressure on teeth and slowly moves them together, which close a gap. Invisalign is one of the popular treatments for closing the gap in teeth. Invisalign is a series of invisible aligners that are custom-designed to treat problems such as gapped teeth. The short life span and aesthetic reason makes the treatment attractive among teenagers and youngsters
If you don’t want braces, discuss it with your orthodontist. Other cosmetic procedures can improve the appearance of your smile. Veneers or bonding is another option, Veneers are custom made- thin, tooth-coloured casings. Veneers can provide an excellent result when it comes to closing the gap. Bonding is also useful for treating cracked teeth or chipped teeth.
If your gapped teeth are because of gum disease, ensure you are getting treatment for it. Treatment for gum diseases varies but may include scaling, removing the plaque.
Prevention of Gapped teeth
There are many treatments available that can close the teeth gap. Additionally, treatment for gum disease can restore bone health and inflammation. Some diastemas can prevent by developing good oral hygiene. Ensure you brush and floss every day along with a regular dental check-up and cleaning. Helping your child to break away from the habit of thumb sucking could prevent developing space between the teeth.
Contact our Orthodontist Dr Hana Hasse to help you with teeth gap-filling procedures.