What Causes A Gap Tooth | Breaking Down Diastema

Why Do I Have a Gap in My Teeth?

As children, most of us had gaps between our teeth. Believe it or not, this is actually quite normal.

This is the case because as you get older, your baby teeth will stay the same size, yet your jaw is getting larger. Therefore, this will create a gap in your teeth.

As adults, gaps can sometimes form again between our teeth - typically between the front two.

Some people mind a tooth gap, also known as diastema, more than others. Those who decide they want to eliminate their gap often seek a dentist's advice on the matter. In most cases, it is not necessary to medically address the gap between one's teeth.

This is considered normal; as you get older, your baby teeth stay the same size, but the jaw is getting larger, thus creating large gaps.

But what is it that initially causes diastema to begin with? 


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Causes of Diastema

Tooth Gap | Diastema

Labial Frenum

Sometimes the tissue connecting the upper lips and gums, called the labial frenum, is attached too close to the front teeth.

This will end up causing tooth separation. 

If this bothers you too much, you can always address the problem with a minor operation.


Tumor Growth

Tumor growths can be a serious medical condition. 

Tumor growths are when tooth separation becomes less of an aesthetics discussion and more of a medical discussion. 

Surgery should strongly be considered if you are suffering from a tumor growth.


Gum Disease

Gum Disease is also known to cause diastema. 

Fortunately, there is an easy solution for you to prevent gum disease on your own! You know how your dentist is constantly on you about flossing? This is why!

If you continue (or start) brushing and flossing your teeth daily, you can prevent gum disease. However, gaps in teeth can also form from gum deterioration. 

Please visit your dentist to see if this is your issue.



No, we aren't suggesting that people are purposefully trying to separate their teeth.

However, there are actions and choices you make that can play a role in developing diastema.

Gaps between teeth can occur when individuals push their tongue consistently against the front teeth. Also, mouth jewelry can apply too much pressure on the teeth and cause separation.


Diastema Treatment Options

Now let's take a look at some of the treatment options for your teeth separation.

  • Traditional Braces: Traditional braces are the most common method to straighten teeth, and eliminate the gaps. However, it does take several years for an effect to take.
  • Invisalign Braces: This more expensive form of braces uses clear retainers to slowly move the teeth back into shape.
  • Veneers: Veneers is more appropriate for huge gaps, which can require reshaping.

The easiest way to fix a diastema and make it appear more aesthetically pleasing to the patient is direct bonding -- closing the space between the teeth with a resin composite.  Bondings may need to be repeated from time to time, as they often don’t produce permanent results.


Eliminate Your Tooth Gap Today

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Tooth gaps are not necessarily a bad thing. There are many celebrities who have tooth gaps without letting it bother them. It actually gives them a characteristic.

However, if you have weighed the options and decide you would be happier without diastema, you should contact Hylan Dental today.

Our dentists have the experience needed to straighten your teeth, close your gap, and send you on your way feeling happier and more confident in your smile.

Click the link below to schedule a Free Diastema Consultation today.

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