Gaps in Teeth

Diastema: Gaps Between Teeth

Diastema occurs when there is a gap or space between the teeth. 

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The Best Treatment to Fill Gaps Between Teeth

These types of gaps can form anywhere in the mouth, but most commonly appear between the two upper front teeth.

Seen in both adults and children, the condition can have negative impacts on confidence as well as on your oral health.

Whereas some gaps may be small and unnoticeable, they can grow larger over time and become a cosmetic issue for many patients.

But if you feel insecure about the spaces between your teeth, there are various treatments and procedures to reduce their size and close the gap.

What Causes Diastema?

There is no clear cause of this oral condition (diastema), but several contributing factors often cause it.

It all relates to the size of your teeth and jaw; for example, if your teeth are too small for the jaw bone or are often spaced too far apart.

Due to genetics, diastema also commonly runs in families, making it hereditary.

More importantly, gaps in the mouth can form over time due to a direct consequence of gum disease, a type of infection in the mouth that deteriorates the gum. Signs of gum disease include red, swollen and bleeding gums, bad breath, and wobbly teeth.

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Are your teeth separating, loose or shifting? When gaps appear in teeth that weren’t there before, it can be very worrying.

The same can be said for those with pre-existing gaps that are getting bigger.

Diastema cases can develop as a direct consequence of gum disease, an infection that occurs within your gums due to tartar and plaque buildup.

This can cause black triangles also referred to as pockets between teeth.

The inflammation of the gums damages the supporting tissue beneath the teeth, which causes gaps or pockets to form in-between teeth.

As gums do not restore or grow back, it’s essential to ignore the issue to avoid and prevent future tooth loss.

How to Fix Triangle Gaps in Teeth

As we cannot rebuild gum lost, we can use cosmetic dentistry to conceal the appearance of black pockets.

Treatments like dental bonding (composite bonding) are an affordable and minimally-invasive way to rid your mouth of black triangles.

Dental bonding uses a tooth-coloured composite resin, which fills in the gaps or can be applied directly to teeth to conceal the imperfections.

There are also longer-lasting treatments like veneers, which can effectively close gaps in just one day.

Learn more.

Standard Dental Techniques and Treatments to Close Gaps

Various treatments can solve this issue and span various dentistry fields, from cosmetic to orthodontic.

Depending on the underlying cause of your gaps, treatment may not always be necessary; for some, it’s not a gum disease problem but rather a cosmetic one.

That’s why many patients who treat spaces in their mouth choose to do so purely for cosmetic reasons and wish to enhance the appearance of their smile.

Braces are one of the most effective options

A popular solution, braces pull the teeth together to form a new oral structure, which means that gappy smiles can be a thing of the past.

In the past, traditional fixed braces were often the go-to recommended solution for teens and young adults to close gaps as the metal wires, and brackets put pressure on the teeth to slowly move them together.

However, we know that especially in the case of our adult patients, who are not offered free braces on the NHS, fixed metal braces are not the preferred option for fear of stigma.

Tooth-coloured wired braces like Six Month Smiles provide a more discreet option to straighten teeth and can do so in half the time of conventional procedures. Read more.

The Faster Route

Whilst there are more discreet brace options, our patients tend to look more towards completely invisible options like Invisalign, which uses clear plastic aligners to shift teeth into their new positions gradually.

Invisalign today is the most popular option for teens and adults, with even many celebrities choosing this over instant and life-changing cosmetic procedures like veneers.

There are many different types of Invisalign, all designed uniquely to suit different oral conditions. These treatments can take anywhere from 3-12 months to complete and cost £2,000-£5,000. More.

Invisalign vs braces:

Fix Tooth Gaps Without Braces

Instant orthodontics is a term used to describe immediately placed veneers.

Porcelain veneers can be placed in three easy appointments. In contrast, more immediate options include composite veneers, a reversible procedure that applies a composite resin directly to the tooth to be sculpted.

Patients who do not want braces and something more instant can look into procedures like veneer application or dental bonding.

If the gap is big enough, you may be a candidate for dental implants or dental bridges, which replaces missing teeth or can close a gap.

Book an appointment with us below to learn more about the treatment options available to you.

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