What are Gapped Teeth?
Gapped Teeth are a dental malocclusion, also frequently referred to as diastema. The diagnosis of gapped teeth is awarded to a patient whose has a considerable space between at least two of his or her teeth. While a gap between the teeth most often occurs between the top front two teeth, gapped teeth can occur anywhere within the mouth, and a gap between teeth anywhere in the house renders a patient worthy of the diagnosis of diastema.
What are the Causes of Gapped Teeth?
There are many different reasons that the dental issue of gapped teeth can arise. Very often, children will experience temporary cases of gapped teeth as their baby teeth fall out. However, these cases of gapped teeth usually remedy themselves, and therefore do not demand any form of long term treatment. One such reason for the occurrence of gapped teeth is a considerable difference in size between the jaw bones and the size of the patient’s teeth. If the teeth are too small in relation to the jaw bone, spaces between the teeth can easily occur.
An oversized labial frenum is another reason that a gap between the teeth may develop. The labial frenum is the tissue that stretches from the inside of your top lip to the place just above your two upper front teeth. If it is too big, it can grow between the two front teeth, creating a gap. Other causes for gapped teeth include sucking of the thumb, which pulls the teeth forward over time, leading to the creation of gaps, and improper swallowing, which can thrust the tongue repetitively against the upper front teeth, resulting in the creation of gapped teeth.
How are Gapped Teeth Diagnosed?
What are the Side Effects of Gapped Teeth?
If a patient’s gapped teeth are caused by bad habits like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, the spaces between the teeth will continue to grow over time. This can lead the teeth to grow loose, and may increase a patient’s discomfort, pain, and affect their ability to chew.
How can Gapped Teeth be Prevented?
Gapped teeth can sometimes be prevented through proper swallowing habits, and the avoidance of prolonged thumb sucking.
How are Gapped Teeth Treated?
Luckily, there many different choices for treating gapped teeth. Braces and retainers are one great way for a patient to remedy this malocclusion. Another fantastic option for fixing a less severe case of gapped teeth is to opt for Invisalign in Singapore. Invisalign is a top of the line technology that is customized to each patient’s mouth- it is painless, easy to deal with, and best of all, completely invisible! Invisalign is provided by Orchard Scotts Dental Singapore, which was appointed by Align Technology Inc in 2014. We are a dental clinic in Singapore which specialises in Invisalign treatment for our patients. Orchard Scotts believes in non-invasive treatments, and will absolutely create a custom solution to remedy your problem if need be.