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Gap tooth smile: Good luck, or bad sign?



That gap between your teeth, which can happen anywhere but is most noticeable when it’s between your upper front teeth, is known as diastema. It’s fairly common, especially among children with developing teeth, and some adults are perfectly fine leaving it that way — including celebrities.


There are concerns about the form and function of your teeth that may occur because of those gaps, and it’s advisable to speak with an expert like our orthodontist at Orthodontics, Inc. We are all about creating healthy, beautiful, long-lasting smiles, no matter your age. Our modern orthodontic practice is equipped with the latest techniques and treatments, allowing us to help our patients achieve optimal results in a friendly, comfortable setting.


Why do gaps occur between our teeth? Children commonly have these spaces with their baby teeth, but those gaps often disappear when their adult teeth arrive. Sometimes a gap occurs among adults who don’t develop a full set of teeth — which is fairly common, occurring in as many as 20 percent of the population. Oversized gums, the size of the jawbone, and thumb sucking can also be factors.


Gaps between the teeth can leave your gums exposed to periodontal disease, and also open spaces for plaque to build up, which can cause tooth decay as well as bad breath. There are a range of orthodontic treatments in closing these gaps, including different types of braces and aligners, depending on the size and number of gaps, the patient’s age, condition of the gums and jawbone, and prior dental work. Our orthodontist has the experience and treatment options to address these concerns.


While some may consider a gap-tooth smile a symbol of good luck or beauty, that space may be leaving room for trouble to make itself at home in your mouth. Our orthodontist at

Orthodontics, Inc. can help close the gap, and open the door to a healthier, more radiant smile. Please contact us today for an appointment.


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