Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Whether or not you decide to close the gap between your teeth depends on how you see yourself. Some individuals are proud of their gap. They see it as a distinguishing asset that acts as a type of hallmark. Others see it as a problem that needs to be addressed. How do you see your gap?
When Oral Health is At Stake
Some anterior diastemas, or gaps, can be a source of pain or discomfort. Gaps can be difficult to keep clean and they can act as food traps. This problem can easily lead to tooth decay and/or gingivitis. It is highly unlikely that an individual would walk around long with food caught between their front teeth; however, even small bits of food debris caught between the gums and teeth can lead to problems.
Closing the Gap
If the diastema is causing problems, it may be best to correct it. Closing the gap may be accomplished by various methods. The size of the space may be a factor in how your dentist chooses to correct this feature. The condition and alignment of your other teeth may also be taken into consideration. For example, if you have a very wide gap, your dentist may recommend closure by way of orthodontics. If you have other anterior teeth that are crooked, crowded or misaligned, orthodontics may be suggested since the diastema will be closed and your other teeth will be straightened out as well.
If the gap is small, your dentist may recommend either crowning the teeth or using bonding to add width to the teeth to close the gap. With a crown, the two front teeth will be prepared and a porcelain crown will be created to fit on them in such a way as to close the gap. The end result will look like your natural teeth, but without the diastema.
Bonding produces the same result but the bonding material is placed on the teeth to widen them, thus closing the gap. Bonding will also leave your teeth looking and feeling natural.
Dr. Perkins can help you make a decision about your gap if you are not sure what you would like to do. Call today to schedule a consultation appointment and get expert advice on diastema treatment.