Gap Between Teeth

Got gaps between two or more of your teeth?

You’re not alone.

Diastema (teeth gaps) are a common problem, and we see many patients with gaps between their teeth.

Gaps between teeth can become quite an upsetting cosmetic problem, affecting confidence about one’s smile and stopping some people from laughing with friends, chatting with colleagues, and smiling for family photos in fear of showing off their teeth. 

Apart from affecting self-esteem, spaces between teeth make it difficult to clean them properly, which can cause an array of dental health problems down the line, including tooth decay and gum disease.

If you’re dealing with diastema, there are many treatment options available to correct the issue. 

To find out more about how we can help here at Elite Orthodontics, talk to our reception team today!

Causes of diastema

Gapped teeth happen for many different reasons, including:

Gap between teeth

Treatment options for diastema 

There are many different treatment options available to close the gap between your teeth.

From traditional braces and more modern appliances like Invisalign, to dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and dental implant(s).

The best treatment for you depends on the cause of your tooth gap – for example, if it’s because of a missing tooth, you’d be better off opting for a dental implant to help preserve bone quantity and quality within the jaw bone.

During an initial consultation with our team, we’ll talk you through all the available treatments, explaining them fully and answering any of your questions, so that you can make the most informed decision.

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Specialist Orthodontic Treatment for gappy teeth

Orthodontic treatment is the most popular way to close gaps between teeth. And here at Elite Orthodontics, we pride ourselves in addressing orthodontic problems, such as gaps between teethgiving our patients amazingly attractive smiles that make them proud to show off, and grant them the confidence they have always sought. 

Learn more about why braces are used for gaps between your teeth in our previous blog post!

At Elite Orthodontics we have options for braces, including clear Invisalign and traditional metal or ceramic braces. We aim to ensure that your treatment is carried out comfortably and in a completely pain-free manner and use braces that best suit you and your lifestyle. 

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Close your diastema for good at Elite Orthodontics

Having a diastema can cause more problems than you might think, from low self-confidence, poor oral hygiene, and compromised oral health as a direct result.

But we’re here to help.

At Elite Orthodontics, we offer a range of different orthodontic treatments to help close gaps between the teeth.

Contact us today for more information or to book a consultation with our expert orthodontists!

Gap Between Teeth FAQs

There are many possible treatments our professionals can use to close a gap between teeth, but none of these options would be classified as natural, as they involve intervention from our team. Common treatments for diastema, or a gap between the teeth are highly effective and can create a more even smile if you aren’t willing to embrace your natural gap. These treatments include:
  • Traditional fixed braces
  • Removable aligners, like Invisalign
  • Dental or cosmetic bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental implants
Which is right for you just depends on your personal circumstances and the severity of the gaps, so it’s best to come in for an appointment to find out which would suit you best. To book this appointment or for more advice, you can call us on 020 7580 5370 or fill in the contact form at the bottom of your screen – we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.
If you’re living with a gap between your teeth and want to be rid of it, you might be anxious to know how long you will have to wait. Unfortunately, depending on the treatment you choose, the treatment timeline for each will differ – and can be increased if you don’t comply with the treatment instructions carefully. Generally speaking, cosmetic corrections, like cosmetic bonding and veneers, can be completed within a handful of appointments, while orthodontic or dental implant solutions can take much longer, depending on which is right for you. To get an idea of how long you might have to live with a gap between your teeth, you will need to come in for an appointment with our friendly and approachable dentists and orthodontists – book in by calling us on 020 7580 5370. Alternatively, you can find out more about each treatment option.
The clinical term ‘diastema’ refers to a gap between the teeth. The most common diastema is the midline diastema – which describes a gap between the two larger front teeth – made famous by celebrities like Georgia May Jagger, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Madonna, and Anna Paquin Not always a symptom of complications, diastema can be down to genetic factors and gives the smile character. However, if a gap between the teeth does develop over time, it is recommended that you see a dental professional to put your mind at ease - as it can be related to gum disease. Similarly, if you don’t like the gap in your teeth, there is a range of treatment options you can consider – ask our dentists and orthodontists for more information.
While childhood might be more associated with a gap between teeth, thanks to the loss of baby or milk teeth, diastema can occur in both adults and children. For children, the loss of their first set of teeth is the most common reason for a gap between teeth – which are likely to close as the permanent, adult teeth grow in. However, there are a number of other reasons people develop diastema, including:
  • Missing or undersized teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Genetics, including an oversized frenum
  • Habits like thumb or lip sucking and tongue thrusting
If you are worried about a gap in your teeth, or your children’s, we can help. Give us a call on 020 7580 5370 or fill in the contact form at the bottom of your screen and we’ll get back to you.