Treatments to Correct Gapped Teeth

October 12, 2015 — by Stephen Lipman
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry Restorative Dentistry

A woman without gaps between her teeth smilingIf large gaps between your teeth have left you feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your smile, you may wish to undergo treatment for gapped teeth. There are many cosmetic dentistry treatments available to close gaps between the teeth and improve your smile's appearance. To find out which treatment is right for your needs, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Windsor dentist Stephen Lipman.

Causes of Gapped Teeth

Correcting gaps between the teeth begins with understanding the underlying cause. A gap between two teeth, also called a diastema, may occur over time or may be genetic. Some causes of gaps between teeth include:

  • Oversized labial frenum: Gaps between the two, upper front teeth may be caused by a large labial frenum, which is the tissue connecting the upper lip to the gums. In some cases, the labial frenum is so large that it extends between the two front teeth, leading to a large gap between the teeth.
  • Tooth size and jawbone: Some people develop gaps between their teeth when the teeth are too small compared to the size of the jawbone. This is because the teeth are too small to properly fill the jawbone and mouth, leading to spaces and gaps.
  • Tongue thrust: Tongue thrust is a type of swallowing reflex that can lead to gaps developing between the teeth over time. With tongue thrust, the tongue moves forward, into the teeth instead of up and into the roof of the mouth. This regular pressure can cause the front teeth to gradually shift forward, which can create gaps over time. 
  • Tooth loss: Losing a tooth will leave a gap, but gaps may form in other areas of the mouth as the remaining teeth shift out of place.

Treatments to Close the Gaps Between Teeth

The following treatments may be used to improve the appearance of gapped teeth.

  • Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made, tooth-shaped fabrications designed to mask flaws and correct dental appearance. Veneers can be made in any size or shape, making them a great option for quickly closing gaps between teeth.
  • Dental bonding: Dental bonding is similar to porcelain veneers, and can also be used to close gaps and correct other dental flaws. Instead of porcelain, dental bonding treatment uses a putty-like resin, shaped directly on the teeth, to mask dental imperfections.
  • Frenectomy: A frenectomy may be necessary when a gap is caused by a large labial frenum. A frenectomy is used to remove excess labial frenum tissue and is often done in conjunction with other treatments, like porcelain veneers, or orthodontics, to close gaps. 
  • Orthodontics: Orthodontics is another option for closing gaps between the teeth. Orthodontics treatment will gradually close gaps by slowly changing the alignment of the teeth within the jaw.
  • Dental implants: Dental implants offer a permanent solution to replacing missing teeth, filling the gaps caused when a tooth is loss. Dental implants can be paired with dental crowns to replace individual teeth or implant-supported bridges to replace multiple teeth.  

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