The clinical term for a gap between two or more teeth is diastema. The most obvious gaps appear between your top two front teeth. While many people sport their natural gaps proudly, others are uncomfortable over the fact that they have significant spaces between their pearly whites. Libertyville cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will tell you what you can do if you want to close your dental gaps.
Reasons for Spaces in Teeth
If you do have a diastema, you may be wondering just what causes that space between your teeth. Many people are born with significant spaces in their baby (primary) teeth. However, this can actually be a good thing. As permanent teeth erupt, they’re significantly larger, so those early gaps allow for enough space to accommodate adult sized teeth. However, if the gaps in teeth are too large, or the incoming teeth are too small, a size discrepancy can cause a space between certain teeth. When it comes to your upper front teeth, a diastema can possibly be caused by the piece of skin attaching your gums to your lip. This is called a labial frenulum and it can be fixed with a small surgical procedure. Occasionally, misalignment or protrusion of individual teeth will cause a diastema.
Treatment Options for Gaps
If you are not happy with the way your smile appears because of spaces in between two or more teeth, consult with Dr. Engelberg. The cause of your diastema will need to be determined before a specific treatment plan can be recommended. One possible solution is orthodontics. Traditional braces, or clear options such as Invisalign, will help in certain cases. Porcelain veneers or dental bonding are one way you can cover up gaps in your smile. Finally, if a gap is significant, crowns, bridge work, and dental implants are all possible ways to make your teeth look seamless.
Visit your Libertyville Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Brent Engelberg offers cosmetic procedures which can help with a number of dental issues. You can reach our 60048 dentist office at 847-259-8030. We are happy to serve patients in Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Vi,llage, Rolling Meadows, Northwest Chicago Suburbs, and Northern Chicago Suburbs.