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Have you ever heard of diastema? Really, you probably have—even if you don’t know it. Diastema simply refers to a gap in someone’s smile. Typically, this gap is between the upper front teeth, though gaps can appear between anywhere. In fact, diastema can refer to gaps caused by missing teeth.

While there is little you can do to avoid these types issues, there are also other causes you can control. For example, gaps can be caused by gum disease and tongue thrusting. Unfortunately, if these issues aren’t addressed, the gaps in your smile can get wider.

Unfortunately, many people have gaps in their teeth because of their own habits. For instance, you may know that gum disease can lead to a number of problems, but did you know that if it isn’t treated, you could lose teeth. However, before that happens, there is a chance your teeth will shift and lead to diastema. Similarly, tongue thrusting can cause gaps in your teeth. Sadly, these issues will only get worse if they aren’t addressed.

Fortunately, there are a few options available to you, though we recommend speaking with Dr. Hoffman, Dr. Flicker, or Dr. Sher for specific advice. Naturally, if your problem stems from gum disease, you could treat the issue. Similarly, our dentists can give you advice on what you can do for tongue thrusting. To close gaps—whether caused naturally or not—you could try orthodontics, such as braces or Invisalign®, or dental veneers. Veneers are thin, shell-like appliances designed to attach to your tooth. Finally, if your gaps are large enough, you may want to consider an implant.

If you have gaps in your smile, or would like more information, please contact Oradent Associates soon at 773-478-5520. We’re excited to hear from you!