If treatment is needed for your diastema, your dentist will likely refer you to an orthodontist. As you may know, orthodontists specialize in straightening teeth and aligning your jaw. Your orthodontist may suggest the following options:
- Braces. Braces are a fixed solution that will close the gap over time and align your teeth. Braces put pressure on your teeth so that they slowly move together, closing the gap. Invisible or removable braces may also fix some diastema. If your child needs braces for diastema, they'll need to wait until all of their adult teeth have come in. The treatment can take from 6-9 months, depending on the condition of your gap.
- Tooth veneers. If your dentist or orthodontist determines that the gap is not causing any oral health concerns, and you'd like to fix your gap for cosmetic reasons, then veneers may be for you. Veneers are permanently placed on the front of your teeth to cover the gap and give the appearance of a straight smile. On average, the process takes around 3 weeks, from consultation to final placement.
Whether you're wearing braces, veneers, or simply choose to wear your gap-tooth smile with confidence, brushing two times a day and daily flossing should always be part of your oral regimen. Also, keep in mind that your teeth can continue to move through the years. So, be sure to stick to your orthodontist's long-term treatment plan so you can avoid a future gap that may lead to dental or gum problems down the road.
If you've been wondering how to correct a gap in your teeth, you now have some great information. A diastema between your two front teeth can look great and can cause no problems. But sometimes, having a gap there requires getting braces. If you don't have to get treated for your diastema and it's not your style, you can always opt into getting veneers. If you're ready to make a move, give your dentist or orthodontist a ring. You deserve to feel confident about your smile.