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Does a Small Gap Between Your Teeth Actually Hurt Your Mouth?

Posted on 6/10/2019 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Does a Small Gap Between Your Teeth Actually Hurt Your Mouth?Gaps can appear anywhere between your teeth throughout your mouth. However, the most noticeable place they occur is between your two teeth in the upper front part of your mouth. This is what's known as a diastema and is something you're born with. There are some types of gaps that'll appear between your teeth, which you don't want to have happen to you.

Why you may be Getting Gaps Between Your Teeth

There are a few unnatural types of gaps that can occur between your teeth. For instance, some people have a tongue thrust problem that results in gaps. Another issue (one that's much more problematic in nature) that causes diastema is gum disease – something that can cause gaps to grow considerably larger over time.

What to do About Gaps Between Your Teeth

When you notice gaps between your teeth or we find them while conducting a routine dental exam, you may suddenly find yourself wondering what you can and should do about them. The first thing you should do is relax because sometimes gaps in your teeth may close by themselves – especially if they're located in the front of your mouth in your upper jaw. Otherwise you should know that there are some orthodontic and non-orthodontic treatments we can use to correct them.

This includes things like dental bonding (applying a tooth-colored resin material to your teeth, then shaping it so it looks natural) and veneers (placing a thin piece of porcelain that's shaped to match your tooth's shape and color over your teeth). Of course, if the gap between your teeth is caused by gum disease, you'll want to have it treated prior to having either of these procedures.

For more information about small gaps between your teeth and their effect on your mouth, make sure you call us today.

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