For some people having a gap or gaps between your teeth can affect their confidence. If the gap in your teeth is particularly large it can make your teeth poorly aligned and lead to issues with your bite causing pain and tooth problems. For many people gaps in the teeth do not affect dental hygiene and can cause no issues. If however you are concerned about gaps in your teeth then it can helpful to know the options available to you.
What causes gaps in your teeth?
In Children: As a child’s mouth outgrows their baby teeth they may develop gaps. These will typically close as the child’s adult teeth push through and fill in the space. Dental gaps are normal as a child grows and acquires a full set of adult teeth.
In Adults: Typically diastemas (gaps in the teeth) is caused by simply having too much space in your jaw to accommodate your teeth. Gaps can occur between any teeth but are typically noticed most when they occur between the front two teeth. They generally do not cause any dental issues but can be worsened if you develop a habit of pushing your tongue against them.
Gaps in your teeth may also occur due to a tumour in your mouth or because of gum disease. Periodontal (gum) disease results in the loss of the bone that supports the teeth. For people who have lost a lot of bone, the teeth can become loose. This movement can result in gaps between the front teeth. If you feel any pain or find an abnormal lump in your mouth contact your dentist immediately so they can assess the cause.
Gaps in the teeth can also be caused through an incorrect swallowing reflex. Instead of pressing the tongue against the roof of the mouth, some press their tongue against their front teeth which over time can cause the teeth to move.
Lastly, you may have a gap in your teeth if you have lost a tooth perhaps through it being knocked out in an accident or through poor dental care which has resulted in the tooth needing to be removed.
How can you close the gaps in your teeth?
Whatever the reason for your having gaps in your teeth, there are a number of dental procedures you can undertake to close them.
Dental implant treatment can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth depending on the requirements. A dentist replaces the root of the missing tooth with a titanium screw and a crown is usually placed on top for a natural finish that fits in with your existing teeth. Dental implants are a preferred way of replacing missing teeth are they can be fitted without affecting adjacent teeth and as they fuse into the bone structure as a stable procedure.
A dental veneer can be used to improve the position, shape and colour of your teeth. It involves placing a shell over your tooth and looks natural once completed. It will not only close the gaps in your teeth but can help straighten and whiten your smile.
Braces and Retainers
There are a variety or dental braces and retainers available that can help close the gaps between your teeth. In some cases all that will be necessary is a removable retainer. Braces and retainers may be your preferred choice as they are cheaper and do not involve adding anything to your natural smile. Advances in cosmetic dentistry have introduced clear braces to the dental market. These are often used by adults who want to undergo treatment without others noticing.
If the gap in your teeth is caused by gum disease your dentist will assist you in improving your dental hygiene, possibly recommending a course of antibiotics and for you to have your teeth deep cleaned every 3-6 months.
Number 18 Dental – Cosmetic Dentist in Notting Hill
Number 18 Dental have experience in the cosmetic dental procedures mentioned above. Our dental team can provide a dental treatment plan that suit you, your budget and your lifestyle. If you are interested in closing the gaps in your teeth get in touch.