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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.

Naturally, there are a few reasons you could have these gaps. For instance, you could have gaps in your smile if your teeth are different sizes. Similarly, your teeth could be too small for your jawbone.

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.

Fortunately, there are a few options available to you, though we recommend speaking with Dr. Banu or Dr. Ismail for specific advice. Naturally, if your problem stems from gum disease, you could treat the issue. Similarly, your dentist 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.

To learn more about the gaps in your teeth—or to schedule a team with our team—please feel free to give Smile Fresh Dental a call at 248-255-4585. We’re excited to hear from you soon!