Closing Gaps Between Teeth


Do you have gaps in teeth (gaps between teeth)? Closing gaps between teeth gives you a straight smile. At Bucktown Dental Associates, we use many techniques to close gaps between teeth.

Why do I have gaps in teeth?


1.  Gaps in teeth (gaps between teeth) or diastema are usually caused by discrepancy between the size of the teeth and the size of the jaw. If the teeth are small, spaces develop between the teeth.
2.  Missing teeth at birth or due to trauma can cause gaps between teeth.
3.  Small teeth. The upper lateral incisors are sometimes small and conical. These are called peg lateral incisor.
4.  Advanced gum disease weakening teeth attachment can cause spreading and gaps between teeth.
5.  A large labial frenum or low attachment of the upper lip often cause gaps between the top upper front teeth. This is called midline diastema.
6.  Shrinkage of a gum papilla between two teeth creating a black triangle.



Treatment for gaps between teeth


Closing gaps in teeth can be done by orthodontic treatment or cosmetic dentistry, or teeth replacement by implants or bridges. Yasser Elseweifi DDS, FAGD in Chicago will perform a comprehensive examination to determine the exact cause of gaps. Before treatment in done, any gum disease should be controlled. In addition, a large labial frenum needs to be repaired as it may cause spaces to open after treatment.

Orthodontic treatment for closing gaps between teeth


Closing gaps between teeth can be achieved when braces are used to move teeth together. This is particularly important when gaps are generalized. Braces are also used to evenly distribute spaces for a better cosmetic result. Retainers are crucial after closing gaps between teeth with braces. Failure to wear retainers may cause the teeth to move and spaces to reappear.


Cosmetic dentistry for closing gaps in teeth


Closing gaps in teeth can be done using cosmetic dentistry. Veneers and crowns can restore an undersized tooth such as a peg lateral incisor. Bonding is not indicated for closing large gaps in teeth. When the gaps are large, veneers and crowns are better options. Cosmetic dentistry is great for closing a midline diastema and black triangles between teeth.


Teeth replacement for closing gaps between teeth


Missing teeth need to be replaced for closing gaps between teeth. Teeth replacement can be done by dental implants or bridges.
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