Your smile says more about who you are than you might think. In fact, your personality radiates each time the corners of your lips curve upward (or downward), and what you do to maintain that smile is one of the most important investments you’ll make. The last thing you want is regret for not consulting a cosmetic dentist about unwanted gaps.

Tooth gaps (or diastemia) can develop due to one of a handful of complications. For instance a disproportion of the teeth to the jawbone can lead to permanent spacing issues. In cases like this, one or more of your teeth is too small, leaving extra space along the gums. If those same teeth were too large, you would notice a problem of over-crowding, where your mouth appears to have an abnormally high number of teeth.

You probably imagine a dentist applying drills and pulling tools in order to correct diastema. However, the reality is much the opposite and far less painful. The process requires a specialized bonding material and composite that acts as a mold, widening the appearance of teeth to fill the gap. Once the materials have set, it is impossible to tell where the genuine tooth ends and the artificial replica begins. Porcelain veneer is another, more expensive and longer-lasting material, which can also be used to widen teeth, filling unwanted gaps.

In instances where several gaps need to be closed, a dentist may recommend braces as a more efficient method of re-alignment. The downside, aside from the one or two-year commitment, is the substantial cost. In the months, during which braces are worn, the periodontal ligament breaks down and rebuilds the areas of bone surrounding the teeth. These fibers respond to the pressure applied by the braces, deploying proteins and acid to dissolve bone and, eventually, minerals to repair the newly formed cavities within the jawbone.

Some people feel that a gap (or number of gaps) appearing between your teeth should be appreciated as a naturally occurring mark of distinction. Although this notion is fine, you should remember they can also be the result of bad habits, such as improper swallowing, during which the tongue pushes against the back of the teeth. Also, keep in mind those gaps can widen over time. The most important reason for repairing diastema, which holds especially true for children, is the self-assurance that shines through a perfect smile.

If you have a tooth gap or want us to take a look at gap between your teeth and you are in Phoenix or Scottsdale, AZ or want to fly in for this service call us at 480-860-0092 to schedule a consultation.

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