Whether they’re causing you to whistle when you speak or just making you self-conscious, gap teeth can be a problem. At Fresh Meadows Dental Care in Oakland Gardens, we provide a few different treatment options and can help you to better understand why this condition develops.
Most often the reason for a gap (or diastema) is simply that the teeth aren’t large enough to fill in the dental ridge. The quickest way to fix this is with veneers. After slightly reshaping the teeth, we can mill porcelain shells for them that are a slightly different size or shape, allowing us to fill in the gap while also covering up stains and chips on the front of the teeth. A more involved process is the use of Invisalign orthodontic therapy to move the teeth closer together. This is a popular treatment option when the gap isn’t the only issue with how the teeth are aligned. Following this, patients will have to wear a retainer to prevent relapse.
Another possible cause for a gap is a large labial frenum. This means that the strip of tissue inside the upper lip which connects it with the jaw is too large and must be surgically reduced to create more space. Other possibilities include tongue thrusting and thumb sucking, which put pressure on the teeth and can cause an overbite as well as a gap.
Farid Hakimzadeh, DDS, operates Fresh Meadows Dental Care at 58-47 Francis Lewis Blvd., Suite 100, Oakland Gardens, New York, 11364. To schedule an appointment, call 718-224-7272 or visit Fresh Meadows Dental and fill out a contact form.