A diastema refers to the space between two or more teeth. This space is most commonly visible in the two upper teeth in the front of one's mouth. These gaps can have a negative esthetic effect since they can affect the quality of your smile. This article discusses some of the options available to you in case you have a diastema:
Your orthodontist may examine you and recommend that you retain the diastema. Such a decision can be arrived at after observing that the gap is not large enough to affect dental functions like talking and eating.
Use of Porcelain Veneers
The orthodontist can also recommend that porcelain veneers be used to close that gap between your teeth. Veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that can be placed on the surface of your teeth. They are the color of teeth so it is not easy to know that someone has them. These veneers will make the surface area covered by each tooth bigger so that the gap between the teeth disappears or reduces to a negligible gap. These veneers are permanent so you will not have to keep removing them in order to clean them.
Replace the Teeth
Some people have diastemas due to a missing tooth. The tooth may have been knocked out during an accident, leaving a gap in the mouth of the person. For such people, the orthodontist and dentist may agree to insert dental implants in the mouth and replace the lost tooth with an artificial one. This procedure will permanently remove the gap in your teeth.
Repositioning the Teeth
Another cause of diastemas is misaligned teeth. Some people may have teeth that are positioned in such a way that they point in a different direction from the other teeth. Such a misalignment can create a gap in the teeth since there will be a space that should have been filled by the part of the tooth that is wrongly aligned.
Orthodontists can solve this problem by using procedures like inserting braces so that the misaligned tooth is gradually moved to its correct position. The braces have to be worn for several weeks (or even months) until the dentist is satisfied that the teeth have been successfully repositioned.
The decision as to which approach to use will be arrived at jointly by you, your dentist and the orthodontist. This consultation between those three parties will produce the best option since all factors (such as your budgetary considerations) will have been considered. Need more help? Contact a company like Denticheck with any questions you have.