Diastema is the formation of gaps between your teeth and can be caused by the size of your teeth being off balance in relation to the size of your jaw bone, this also means it can genetically run in your family.
This condition is fairly common among children and for some people even progresses into adulthood. Children are more likely to lose the gap over time as they grow and as their dental profile fully comes together, whereas, in adults, these gaps may vary in size and extremity within a patient’s fully developed adult mouth, leaving little room for natural repair.
Diastema is a condition that really doesn’t require medical care, however, cosmetic attention is commonly sought after if the patient is simply unhappy and lacking in confidence because of the gap. In that case, it is best to see an orthodontist for a professional recommendation and treatment plan.
Great news, in most cases Diastema (dental gaps), can be treated with various orthodontic procedure options that can provide an improved or even completely resolved outcome.
This, of course, should all be reliant on recommendations from an orthodontist. A proper treatment plan will depend on the severity and the uniqueness of a patient’s Diastema.
An orthodontist will likely have different suggestions for different cases, which is exactly why treatment of this condition is best done by a professional.
Braces are your most common treatment plan for aligning crooked teeth, bringing gaps together, correcting bites and so much more. Traditional metal braces are known for their gentle force upon moving teeth into the proper position over a set time frame, this time frame generally consists of many adjustments and readjustments done by an orthodontist.
Dental bonding is another popular cosmetic procedure because of the flawless result it provides and because of its affordability. This procedure can be used for lengthening teeth, remedying discolored or chipped teeth, as well as filling in any spaces or gaps. Dental bonding is a pretty simple option that involves a specialized bonding resin, this type of cosmetic dental procedure is commonly used in cases of Diastema if applicable.
For dental bonding, your orthodontist will first use a shade guide to best match the color of your teeth as well as perform some pre-adjustments to the tooth or teeth in need of repair, once all preparations are complete he will then begin applying a bonding resin to be molded and fitted to the area. Once the bonding resin has been applied, it is then secured and hardened with special lighting technology and further shaped to the desired aesthetic.
Using a crown as a cosmetic fix for Diastema is a more conservative approach that may be possible depending on the advice of your orthodontist. Using crowns to treat gaps really just depends on the severity of the patient’s Diastema and whether or not it would be an appropriate solution, as well as if it would even look natural in comparison to the rest of the patient’s dental profile.
Clear aligners, in some cases, may also be used for closing or tightening a Diastema gap. Typically for clear aligners to be used for the treatment of Diastema, it would have to be in the case of a smaller, less significant gap, this is where an orthodontist comes in for proper judgment calls, recommendations, and an effective treatment plan customized to your smile needs.
Aftercare instructions will vary, depending on what procedure was done, what was being corrected, and just how far along you are in the process… Regardless, it is proven that consistent aftercare for special dental procedures is the key to achieving and maintaining your desired results.
If you are in need of a professional orthodontist and have questions or concerns about your smile, contact Kimbrough Orthodontics today. Don’t let gaps in your smile leave gaps in your confidence!