Diastema is a term used to refer to a large gap between the front teeth. Diastema is pretty common, and some people are okay with having a gap between their front teeth. Some celebrities like Michael Strahan, for example, are known for their iconic tooth gap.
But a large gap between the teeth can make some people feel self-conscious, so dentists have come up with a variety of ways to treat this condition and close gaps in the front teeth using cosmetic dentistry. Learn more about diastema and how it’s treated below.
Diastema can be caused by a lot of different things. The most common cause of diastema is an incorrect swallowing reflex as a child, known as “tongue thrusting.”
In tongue thrusting, the tongue pushes against the teeth instead of the roof of the mouth when you swallow. Over time, this can cause issues with the teeth, including bite problems and large gaps between the front teeth.
Diastema can also happen if one or more of your teeth are smaller than usual. Undersized teeth may cause gaps to develop between the front teeth.
Less commonly, diastema can be caused by issues like gum disease or an oversized labial frenulum, also known as a “lip tie.”
In most cases, diastema is completely harmless, but it can make you feel bad about how you look. So if you have a gap between your teeth, you may be wondering how to close it. Here are a few of your top options for treatment at Nashoba Valley Dental.
Dr. Matthew Annese serves patients throughout Shirley, Groton, Lunenburg, and the surrounding areas with expert cosmetic dentistry services. If you have a gap in your front teeth or any other issues that make you feel self-conscious about your smile, don’t wait. Take the first steps toward a better smile by giving us a call or contacting Nashoba Valley Dental online, and scheduling a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Annese.