Do I Need To Orthodontically Treat An Open Gap Between My Teeth
Posted on 4/25/2020 by First Impressions Orthodontics
Gaps between the teeth are quite common. While it can occur anywhere within the mouth, the two upper front teeth are usually the most affected. A gap between the teeth is known as a diastema. Diastema can be treated and corrected through orthodontic procedures. However, is it necessary to have an open gap between the teeth orthodontically treated?
Causes Of Diastema
There are several issues that can cause a gap between your teeth. Some of the most common causes of diastema include the following ailments.
Untreated Gum Disease
Untreated gum disease is known to have an effect not only on the patient's dental health, but also on their overall wellbeing. However, leaving your gum disease over a period of time can also cause the teeth to loosen and drift apart resulting in a gap between the teeth.
Sucking on Things
Children who suck on their thumbs or other things are also likely to develop diastema. Additionally, using pacifiers pushes the tongue against the teeth and forces them forward. This opens up spaces between the teeth.
Having Small Teeth
There are people whose teeth are smaller and disproportionate to the jaw bone. This makes the teeth to spread out and leave spaces between them.
Tongue thrusting is a swallowing reflex in which the tongue pushes against the upper teeth when someone is swallowing. It is an unusual condition. Over time, people who thrust their tongues are likely to develop diastema.
Other causes of diastema include missing teeth, an oversized frenulum, and falling out of baby teeth. However, diastema caused by falling baby teeth is usually temporary as the permanent teeth will fill up the spaces.
Depending on the cause of your diastema, you might need to undergo an orthodontic procedure to correct the gap. Not all teeth gaps will require orthodontic treatment. However, since gaps can lead to poor teeth alignment, you should visit our clinic to have your diastema evaluated by our orthodontic staff. Give us a call today.