How Do Dentists Fix Gapped Teeth? Explaining Your Options‍

If you’ve got a gap in your front teeth (diastema), you may be wondering if you can have it fixed by a dentist. The answer is “yes!” And depending on your unique situation, you may have several options for fixing the gap in your smile. Read on, and learn all the details in this blog from Bespoke Dentistry.

What Is Diastema (Gapped Teeth?) 

A gap in your front teeth is technically called a “diastema.” This is very common, and as much as 25% of adults in the United States have some kind of gap between their front teeth. 

Though it can sometimes indicate other orthodontic issues, diastema is not usually harmful. However, some people don’t like the effect that a gap between their front teeth has on their appearance, since it makes their smile less even.

What Causes Diastema Or Gapped Teeth?

Diastema is usually genetic. Most of the time, it just happens because your teeth are smaller in relation to the size of your jaw bone. That means there just isn’t enough tooth material to fill up the gap in your smile, resulting in diastema.

However, diastema can sometimes be caused by other things as your mouth develops, such as an untreated lip tie during childhood, an improper swallow, or habits like thumb sucking or “tongue thrusting.” 

How Can Dentists Fix Gapped Teeth?‍

If you have a gap in your teeth that you’d like to eliminate, you may be wondering what your options are. How can Dr. Leah Stempfle treat your diastema and improve the appearance of your smile? There are a few different options.

  • Dental bonding – Dental bonding uses a special type of dental resin, which is similar to the material used for tooth-colored fillings. Dr. Leah will apply the bonding material directly to your tooth, reshaping it and filling up the gap in your smile. She will harden, sculpt, and trim the resin until it looks just like a natural part of your teeth.

  • Veneers or LumineersVeneers are very thin shells of porcelain that cover up the fronts of your teeth. After trimming your front teeth, Dr. Leah will work with a dental lab to create a set of tooth-like veneers. Then, she can place this directly onto your front teeth. Your veneers will cover up the gap in your teeth, providing you with a more attractive, even smile. We also offer Lumineers. These are just like veneers, but are thinner and can sometimes be placed without trimming your front teeth.

  • Dental crownsDental crowns are, essentially, hollow false teeth. They are designed to attach to a healthy tooth once it has been trimmed, and replace the entire structure of the tooth. Crowns are made from strong, durable, tooth-like porcelain. Dr. Leah may recommend dental crowns if your front teeth are very small, or are damaged or unhealthy. 
  • Invisalign – If you have a gap in your front tooth and also have other problems with the alignment of your teeth and your jaw, Dr. Leah may recommend Invisalign treatment. With Invisalign, you can close the gap between your front teeth, reposition your teeth and your jaws, and get a healthier and more even smile.

Need Help With A Gap In Your Teeth? Contact Bespoke Dentistry Today!

At Bespoke Dentistry, Dr. Leah Stempfle can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted in San Diego. So don’t wait. If you have a diastema and you want to fix the gap between your front teeth, we’re here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (780) 700-0570 to schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Leah today.

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