Gapped teeth, which are also called diastema, cause distinct gaps between the teeth. Diastema is a term used most often for the gap between the front two upper teeth, the most common gap in the mouth. 50-60% of children under the age of 5 have this gap, and it will usually close on its own by the age of 8 or 9. If the gap hasn’t closed even after the adult canine and incisor teeth have come in, it may not close on its own at all.
Aside from genetics, there are a few other reasons why gaps in the teeth may develop. For example, if there is a size mismatch between your child’s jaw and teeth size, there may be extra room in the jaw for the teeth to space apart. Additionally, childhood habits like pacifier use or thumb-sucking can also result in gaps between the two front teeth.
Another cause of gaps in the teeth is frenum issues. The maxillary labial frenum is a strip of tissue that connects the underside of the upper lip to the gum tissue between the two front teeth. If this strip of tissue is too thick, it can prevent the two front teeth from closing together.
Gaps in the teeth can be closed in a number of ways. The most common fix for gapped teeth is through the use of orthodontic braces. But other cosmetic procedures can be used to close the gap, including dental veneers, a dental bridge or implant or even partial dentures. The treatment depends on the location of the gap and why it’s occurring.
Gaps in the teeth can cause problems with speech and self-esteem. Luckily, there are a number of ways to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted and would be proud to show off! If you have concerns regarding a gap in your teeth, please contact Severance Dental today. Our family dental office is located here in Severance, Colorado.
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