A diastema is the term used to describe a gap between the two front teeth. Although they add character to your smile, most people with diastemas wish they didn’t have them at all. Thankfully there are several different options to choose from when it comes to closing in the space between your teeth.
Veneers cover only the front of the teeth and are ideal for recreating the appearance of a tooth’s size and shape. If your teeth are healthy and aren’t in need of restorative treatments, veneers can give you the best overall effect. Most of the time veneers are done in sets of 4 or 6, for a more comprehensive effect.
If the space between your teeth is small enough, then composite bonding is also an option. Bonding is ideal when only a slight amount of tooth structure needs to be created, as a bulky area would look unnatural.
Should your teeth also be worn, chipped, or have previous fillings, then crowns can restore your teeth in both form and function. Unlike veneers, a crown will cover the entire tooth surface, so it serves as a restoration as well as an aesthetic treatment.
Orthodontic therapy can bring your two teeth together, closing the space naturally. However, unless you take proper steps to retain this spacing, the gap could come back. Your dentist may place a permanent retainer on the back of the two teeth, or suggest having the muscle between the teeth clipped so that it does not cause relapse.
Your dentist is more than happy to discuss which options are right for you. Call your dentist today!
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Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Diastemas are the small (and sometimes large) gap between the two front teeth. These gaps are typically seen as tooth spacing, but they are actually caused by muscular tissue that exists between the teeth. When this muscle (called a frenum) is too tight, it causes the teeth to be pushed further away from one another. Thankfully there is a simple procedure called a frenectomy, which can help correct the unwanted space problem.
Frenectomies are typically completed with a laser or during a minimally invasive, in-office surgery. It takes only a few minutes to complete with minimal discomfort. When the muscle is clipped or a laser is applied to it, it is no longer able to cause tension that spreads the teeth apart.
Following the frenectomy it may be necessary to use orthodontics to move the teeth inward. When proper positioning is achieved, a small, fixed retainer is then bonded on the back of the teeth to prevent them from relapsing into their previous position.
Choosing a frenectomy is sometimes the best way to address troublesome diastemas, rather than attempting to cover them up with bonding, crowns or veneers. Your dentist can discuss your options with you and help you decide which option is most aesthetically pleasing and functional for your smile. Frenectomies are preferred when the space is extremely wide and a cosmetic treatment would appear inappropriately sized.
When you correct a diastema, it changes the way your entire smile looks. This boosts your self-confidence, improves the aesthetics of your smile, and is one of the most natural ways to improve the appearance of your teeth. Talk to your dentist about which in-office diastema options available.
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Springhill Dental Health Center
4620 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608
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