If you have a gap between your front teeth (diastema), you may be wondering what your options are for treating it. While it may not be a serious oral health issue, a gap between your front teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile and your appearance. So, what are your options for closing this gap in your smile? In this blog from Country Day Dental, we’ll go over everything you need to know.
What Is Diastema?
Diastema is the medical term for a gap between the front teeth. This gap is harmless in most cases, though diastema can sometimes be accompanied by problems with the spacing of your other teeth.
Diastema can have lots of causes. It can be caused by genetic factors that result in missing teeth or small teeth, lip ties, or by childhood habits like an improper swallow, or sucking your thumb while your permanent teeth are coming in.
Options For Treating A Gap In Your Front Teeth
While a gap between your front teeth is harmless in most cases, it may make you feel bad about how your smile looks. If you want to close the gap in your front teeth, you’ve got a few different options at Country Day Dental. These include:
- Invisalign – Invisalign may be recommended if you have a gap between your front teeth, as well as other gaps throughout your smile. It’s also a good option if you also have crooked or crowded teeth, or bite problems. Invisalign can close the gap between your front teeth, resolve your other orthodontic issues, and improve your oral health as well as your appearance.
- Dental bonding – Dental bonding uses composite resin to rebuild and reshape your teeth. This is the same material that’s used for tooth-colored fillings. In this process, Dr. Ryan Schmidgall will use resin to add size to your front teeth and reshape them, closing up the gap and restoring your smile.
- Porcelain veneers – Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped “shells” that cover up the front surfaces of your teeth. With a set of veneers for your front teeth, you can close the gap between them, and smile proudly once again. Veneers last longer than dental bonding, but they do require some permanent changes to your teeth, and they are typically more expensive.
- Dental crowns – Usually, dental bonding or veneers are the top choice for closing a gap in your front teeth. But if your teeth are too small or weak for these treatments, a crown may be a better choice. Essentially, a crown is a hollow, false tooth that covers up your entire tooth, all the way down to the gum line. This restores its shape and appearance, and protects the remaining natural tooth material, too.
Come To Country Day Dental For Cosmetic Dentistry In Fort Worth!
Whether you’re interested in closing a gap between your front teeth or you need any other type of cosmetic dentistry treatment in Fort Worth, Dr. Schmidgall and the team at Country Day Dental are here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (817) 731-9487 to schedule a consultation and take the first steps toward the smile you deserve today.