How to Reduce Gaps Between Teeth

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What is diastemas ?

Gaps between the teeth are known as diastemas in the dental world. The most common place that gaps occur is in the upper front teeth, but this isn’t the only place a diastema can show up.

There are a number of factors behind gaps between teeth. A difference in the size between upper and lower jawbones is a key factor. The size of teeth also plays a role. Teeth that are too large for the jaw will create crowding while teeth that are too small will create spaces and gaps.

The best way to prevent gaps from occurring is to maintain a comprehensive dental health regime. Periodontal disease is a huge risk factor when it comes to gaps between teeth, so regular brushing and flossing is the best way to avoid any bone loss. Obviously, breaking bad habits such as bruxism and thumb-sucking are important steps in keeping perfectly spaced teeth.

Gaps between teeth not only cause people to hide their smiles but they can also pose speech problems. This is most commonly a result of natural dental development at an early age.

Treatment for gaps between teeth

There is a range of treatments to remove the gaps, depending on the case and desired results. These include orthodontics, tooth-coloured fillings, porcelain crowns and veneers.

We always recommend that you visit your Smile Dental dentist to diagnose any dental problems so they can advise any future treatment and you can have a beautiful smile. If you would like to ask us further questions, please call us today !

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