Are you embarrassed because of a gap between two teeth, especially those in the front?
This gap, called a diastema, can occur for many reasons:
- A mismatch between the size of the teeth and the size of the jaw bones – if the teeth are too small, spaces can be present.
- Missing or undersized teeth.
- A thumb-sucking habit.
- A “tongue thrust” habit when swallowing, where the tongue presses over the front teeth and can push them forward.
- Periodontal disease that causes loss of the bone supporting the teeth, causing loose teeth.
Another cause especially for the elderly is when the small triangle of gum tissue between the upper front teeth recedes with age. The gap can be not only unsightly but can also trap food particles.
Because many teeth gaps are structural, they can’t be prevented. However, gum disease is preventable with good oral care that includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily and regular dental exams and cleanings.
Fixing Gaps Between Front Teeth
Today’s modern dental technology provides painless and fast solutions to correcting gaps in the front teeth.
We offer same-day veneer application with the E4D Dentist System. We can design, mill and place a cosmetic veneer in just one office visit. This state-of-the-art technology creates precise, natural-looking restorations that bond to your natural teeth, and you can even preview what it will look like!
Another solution is the Snap-On Smile. This method can re-make your smile in just 2 visits and without drilling, shots or changes in tooth structure. We’ll create a high tech, dental resin arch that is removable and fits right over your own teeth. The arch is thin and strong and has the look of natural teeth. You can eat and drink with the Snap-On Smile and it’s easy to care for as a temporary or permanent cosmetic solution.
Let Us Know If You Have Questions on Any Aspect of Oral Health Care
Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating and educating patients for over twenty-five years. Our office serves the New Fairfield, New Milford, Danbury, and Sherman areas of CT and Pawling, Patterson and Putnam Lake of New York. You can call us at 203-746-1200 or make an appointment here.