Gapped Teeth & Why They Occur
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Gapped Teeth & Why They Occur

DiastemaDiastema is the official name for the distinct gap between the two front upper teeth. This is the most common gap and is experienced by around 50% of children under 6. This gap will usually close on its own by the age of 8, but not always. And if the gap still exists once the adult incisors and canines have come in, the gap will likely not close.

Causes of Diastema

There are multiple reasons why a diastema may occur, aside from natural development. For example, if one has a large jaw or small teeth, there may be extra room in the mouth, allowing for gaps. Additionally, there are some external habits that can contribute to gapped teeth, including thumb-sucking.

Another common diastema cause is because of frenum problems. The maxillary labial frenum is the piece of tissue connecting the gum tissue between the two front teeth to the underside of the upper lip. If this frenum is too large, it can cause the teeth to gap. A frenectomy (surgery during which the frenum is reduced), or orthodontic braces can help to correct this problem.

There are a few ways that dental gaps can be closed. If the gap doesn’t close on its own, orthodontic treatment is the best way to fix the problem. Additionally, dental veneers and other cosmetic dental procedures can also help.

If you have concerns about a gap in the teeth, please contact Lockett Orthodontics today. We can help you identify the problem and help you find the solution. Our orthodontic office is located here in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Posted on Jul 17, 2018

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