If you notice that you have a gap in between your teeth, this condition is called diastema and dentists can treat it in various ways. Dr. Paul Karpovich is a talented dentist that offers treatment for a gap in teeth in Timonium, MD for those who wish to close it.
A slight tooth gap is not an abnormal or harmful thing. Some people love their gap while others wish their teeth were closer together. It can cause issues with speaking clearly and eating but it can also be harmless to others. Most people with this dental condition have a gap in between the two front teeth. If the gap is present during childhood, it will typically close by the time the child turns 10. However, if all of your canines and incisors have erupted, then the gap is likely there to stay.
What Causes the Gap in Teeth?
There are many reasons why people have slight tooth gaps. Some are simply born with minor defects and some develop the gap due to certain habits. No matter how you got your gap, there is a way we can treat it. The most common causes for gap in teeth include:
- Tongue thrusting
- Pacifier use
- Thumb sucking
- Missing adult tooth
- Large labial frenum
- Large jaw
- Protruding teeth
- Oversized oral tissues
Treatment for a Gap in Teeth Timonium, MD
If other problems are present, a good way to treat a large gap in your teeth is with Invisalign. These problems might be alignment issues or problems with your bite (such as a crossbite). However, you should be happy with the color, shape and size of your teeth. Invisalign is a clear aligner orthodontic system that will close the gap. You will wear a set of clear aligners for about a week before switching to the next set until the gap closes.
If the gap is smaller, your dentist can use porcelain veneers to treat the gap in between your teeth. A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that your dentist will cement to the front and side of a tooth. It will essentially hide the gap as well as other cosmetic issues such as stains, chips, and can even change the shape of your teeth. A tooth veneer can dramatically change the appearance of your smile.
The most affordable method we offer to instantly close a gap in teeth is dental bonding. It is a very simple treatment however it does require a dentist with some level of skill. The dentist will place the bio-composite material onto the tooth and mold it by hand into the desired shape. To close a gap, they would add the resin material to one or both sides of the two teeth to close the gap.
Dental crowns are not only for restorative purposes. Dentists use them for cosmetic reasons including to close gaps in teeth. Your dentist would determine which teeth to cap (one of the two teeth adjacent to the gap or both teeth) and then prepare those teeth. To prepare a tooth for a crown, it needs to be reduced in size to accommodate the dental crown. However, it would instantly close the gap.
If you want to learn more about treatment for a gap in teeth in Timonium, MD, call the office of Dr. Karpovich today at (410) 221-3085. You can also request a consult online on our website.