Teeth Spacing Treatment

diastema braces or other teeth spacing treatment is required to protect gums from disease and improve dental functioningDiastema braces or other teeth spacing treatment options are necessary when the gaps between teeth are present. Tooth spacing or gaps generally occur when the teeth are smaller than normal and/or the jaws are larger than normal. When teeth do not fill the entire jaw, gaps between your teeth form. Teeth protrusion, missing teeth, or impacted teeth as well as abnormal tissue attachments to the gums can also cause teeth spacing issues.

Some Say No to Diastema Braces

Diastema, which is a space between the upper two front teeth is the most obvious example of spacing and one that many people opt not to fix. In fact, for some their tooth gap is part of their signature look: Madonna, Lauren Bacall, Woody Harrelson, Jack Black, Mike Tyson, Michael Strahan, and Eddie Murphy, to name a few.

Is Teeth Spacing Treatment for You?

While these celebrities were successful in their art and sport endeavors, with or without diastema braces or other teeth spacing treatment, not everyone is as confident with the uniqueness that tooth spacing presents. Many adolescents and adults opt for teeth spacing treatment to improve their aesthetic appearance. But problems with gaps between teeth goes beyond aesthetics in many cases. Teeth gaps can result in an increased chance of developing periodontal (gum) disease, as the gums are not protected enough by teeth. In addition, improper spacing can prevent proper functioning of the teeth.

Often, young children (about age 7) in our Bright Beginnings pediatric orthodontic evaluation will have significant gaps in their baby teeth. Sometimes as we regularly perform orthodontic exams to monitor their tooth and jaw development into young adolescents, we find that the spaces can continue to be present. But by evaluating the underlying dental (teeth) and skeletal (jaw) structures, Dr. Bright can determine if spaces will close as all the permanent teeth erupt and fill the arch form. Monitoring the dental development of younger children gives parents and Dr. Bright early warning of any future orthodontic needs such as teeth spacing treatment.

Orthodontic treatment for diastema or other teeth spacing issues can be used to move the teeth together and properly align them within the dental arch form. Today’s technology offers a choice of orthodontic appliances to correct many orthodontic problems including diastema braces . Dr. Bright works personally with each patient to evaluate their condition and determine the most effective treatment.