Diastemas And How Treatment Can Close The Gap
One common feature of imperfect smiles is a gap between the front teeth. While gapping can occur anywhere in the mouth, these specific gaps are called diastema. They aren’t exceptionally uncommon, and some people are pretty proud of their gaps, such as celebrity Michael Strahan. However, most of those with diastema are self-conscious of these gaps, with a smaller portion simply not caring about them. For those embarrassed by their diastema, treatments are available to eliminate them. Alameda Dental Group provides several options for patients looking to treat their gaps and restore a cohesive smile.
Diastemas And Closing The Gap With Alameda Dental Group
There are numerous reasons that we may develop a diastema. Sometimes they start in childhood as the result of a habit called tongue-thrusting. This habit results from an incorrect swallowing reflex that causes us to press our tongues against our teeth as we swallow. Those with this condition can gradually cause their teeth to move out of position, leaving a gap between them. Other reasons diastemas may form include:
- Genetic conditions causing misalignment in the teeth
- Smaller than average front teeth
- Decay or damage that causes a structural gap
Thankfully, treatments are available to manage each of these concerns without worry. The underlying cause of your diastema will determine the appropriate approach. The following options are those we provide at Alameda Dental Group.
- Porcelain Veneers – This is a cosmetic approach to correcting diastema. Veneers are thin porcelain plates that are laid over the teeth to obscure discoloration, cracking, chipping, and minor gapping.
- Dental Bonding – The bonding composite is made from glass particles and a special resin. Combined, they make a durable material that can be used to rebuild damage, fill gaps, and otherwise improve and restore your smile.
- Dental Crowns – Dental crowns may be your answer when teeth have been seriously damaged or are experiencing advanced decay. These restorations are placed atop the tooth after removing most of its structure. The result is a natural-looking tooth that’s durable and attractive.
- Orthodontic Treatment – Depending on the severity of your diastema and other existing conditions, they can be treated with one of two orthodontic approaches. Clear aligners can address the majority of diastemas, but traditional braces may be required in complex cases.
It’s important to remember that, generally speaking, diastemas aren’t merely cosmetic concerns. The space between them means they also lack the support of their neighboring teeth. This makes them more prone to moving out of position over time, worsening the condition, or causing additional issues.
Learn More About Diastema Correction From Alameda
Our office sees patients for a broad range of oral health concerns, cosmetic, restorative, and more. If you’ve been living with a diastema that makes you feel embarrassed to share your smile freely, reach out to us. You can call our team at (323) 585-9200 and schedule an appointment with Alireza Movassaghi. They’ll perform a full dental exam and examine your diastema to determine the most effective treatment approach for it. Don’t let a diastema keep you from smiling proudly, come see us in Alameda, CA, today!