The simple definition of diastema is the space between two teeth. If you have diastema, the space between two of your teeth is bigger than what is normal. It is common for babies and young children to have a tooth gap because their mouth, jaw, and teeth are still growing. In addition, kids normally lose their baby teeth as they mature. As they get older, there may be no need for diastema treatment when the adult teeth come in, and the gap closes on its own. If it does close on its own, it will reveal a gap-free smile by the time the child reaches age 16 or so.
What you may not know is that a gap between your teeth isn’t just something that looks different and causes self-consciousness. It can cause some dental health problems, affect your mood, and impact how others perceive you. At Lovett Dental Beaumont, we can provide specialty dental services to help you.
About Diastema Treatment
If you have diastema, there is no need to worry. At Lovett Dental Beaumont, we offer diastema treatment for our patients. We provide excellent orthodontics and braces services to help get you a great smile and feel your best. It’s also possible that we can correct gaps using dental bonding or other cosmetic dentistry services, like ones that involve the placement of dental veneers.
- Clear (ceramic) braces
- Clear aligners
Why Get Diastema Treatment?
Let’s look at the reasons why people develop gaps in their teeth that require general dentistry services. The causes of diastema include:
- Teeth size not matching gum size
- Growing excess tissue above the teeth
- Thumb sucking
- Tongue thrusting while swallowing
- Gum disease caused by poor dental hygiene
- Missing or extracted teeth
Having gaps between your teeth may cause several issues for you. First, you may feel embarrassed about your smile. This can cause you to refuse to smile and have an obvious nervous and uncomfortable energy in social situations. That can affect your personal relationships, your work life, and your mental health. After all, smiling triggers happy chemicals in the brain. If you aren’t smiling, you won’t get that mood boost.
Another problem caused by a tooth gap is that some of your other teeth can get misaligned as a result. If there is a big enough gap between teeth, it may push on your other teeth and cause them to get crooked or crowded. If it becomes severe, crowding can lead to cracked, painful teeth, among other things. Crowding can also cause difficulty with flossing and brushing, which can lead to cavities and gum disease.
Diastema Treatment Options
It is never too late to take care of your dental health and smile at Lovett Dental Beaumont. There are several options for adults who don’t want to wear obvious braces. There are clear, invisible, and fast options for straightening your teeth and closing gaps. Or, it may be as simple as getting some tooth-colored composites to close the small gap between your teeth.
You have nothing to lose with the free consultation offered at our Beaumont office. This free visit includes an exam of your mouth and teeth. You’ll receive your recommended custom treatment plan as well as help with financial planning, insurance options, and payment plans. In addition, the orthodontics specialist will answer any of your questions and help you choose your best plan of treatment.