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Correcting Diastemas Between Your Front Teeth

Posted in Laser Dentistry

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.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhill Dental Health Center
4620 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608
(251) 343-1521

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