The clinical term for a space between two or more teeth is diastema. Usually, this is most frequently seen between the top two front teeth. You’ve probably noticed celebrities with diastemas. Madonna flaunts her gap proudly. Eddie Murphy, Anna Paquin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sir Elton John don’t seem to mind the gap, either. However, many people are very uncomfortable about having a significant space between teeth – especially the front ones. Fortunately, for people that feel self-conscious about having a diastema there are several treatment options. Your Wilkes-Barre cosmetic dentist will share them with you.
What Causes a Diastema?
Before you fix it, you might want to know what is causing that space between your teeth. Many children naturally have diastemas in their primary teeth, but when their larger permanent teeth come in, the gaps close. However, in some cases, there is a size discrepancy that causes the space. In cases of the two front upper teeth having a gap, there is often an oversized labial frenulum that is keeping the teeth from closing together completely. Sometimes, misalignment or protrusion of teeth can also cause a diastema.
What are My Treatment Options?
First and foremost, you should visit a dentist to determine the cause of your diastema. This way, an informed plan can be made. In general, though, treatment options to close gaps in teeth would include:
- Orthodontics such as Invisalign, or traditional braces, to move the teeth
- Ultra thin pieces of porcelain called veneers that adhere to the outside of the teeth
- Crowns and bridge work
- Dental implants
If an oversized labial frenulum is the cause,, you may need a minor surgical procedure called a frenectomy. This involves cutting the frenulum and then either allowing the gap to close on its own, or using braces to close it, once the excess skin is out of the way.
Contact Your Wilkes-Barre Dentist for a Consultation
If you have spaces between your teeth that make you unhappy, schedule a consultation with Dr. James DeFinnis. You can reach Back Mountain Dental at 570-763-4360 for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. We’ve made hundreds of people smile in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Trucksville, and the surrounding communities.