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Diastema

A gap between teeth is something that a number of individuals have begun to sport as a fashion statement. Others still deem it to be an inconvenience and want to have straight teeth. But what are they, really? What causes these gaps to appear? Are there treatments available? If yes, what are they?

The medical term for teeth gaps is “diastema” (plural: diastemata). It is not an unnatural feature. It occurs with many people in the world, and most herbivores in the animal kingdom have diastemata as well.

The downside to having a diastema is that some people associate it with negative connotations. In past centuries, western history has it that women with midline diastema are deemed promiscuous.

On the flip side, there are cultures that appreciate diastemata. African women who have midline diastema are deemed beautiful. Men in their societies see this as a special facial feature and prefer having a partner with diastema.

Whatever the case may be, these are only cultural factors, and the decisions to have a diastema fixed should be entirely up to the person. Before anything else however, understanding the condition is an important step to achieve that over-all confidence that a smile can bring – a smile that is with or without a diastema.

Definition

diastema

Any space found between two teeth is considered a diastema. The most common type of teeth gap occurs between the two central incisors of the upper teeth, which is referred to as a midline diastema. Sometimes, it also occurs in the area where you can find the lateral incisors (which are the teeth beside your two front teeth)

Many herbivores have this feature, mostly found between the incisors and molars. This is how their teeth are structured, because when eating plants, all they need are incisors for cutting and tearing, and molars for chewing plant food (which needs constant grinding. Herbivores chew more than carnivores do); as opposed to carnivores, whose teeth are angled and sharp, with well-developed incisors all for tearing meat. Humans, being omnivores, have a bit of both.

Normally, teeth would be positioned side by side, but because of certain causes, diastemata may develop. Listed below are some causes of diastema, other than having missing teeth.

Diastema in Children

1. Diastema in Children. Sometimes, parents would take their children to the dentist worrying over the spaces developing between their teeth. In truth, this is no cause for alarm. At around 7 to 10 years of age (usually referred to as the Ugly Duckling stage), children naturally develop gaps between teeth because their milk teeth remain to be the same size, while their bodies are rapidly growing. Once the milk teeth fall out, and are replaced by permanent teeth, these gaps normally resolve on their own. The spaces close when bigger, permanent teeth fully erupt, pushing the other teeth in place.

In some children, those with overbites may also develop teeth gaps, in that the teeth are jutting out as opposed to pushing against each other.

Hormonal imbalance that causes the jaw to be larger than usual may also cause teeth gaps.

the labial fraenum

2. In adults, the labial fraenum – which is the tissue connecting the upper lip to the gum – can be oversized and can come between the two  upper central incisors, thus causing the formation of a gap.

oversized lingual fraenum

3. Similarly, an oversized lingual fraenum can cause gaps in the same manner that the labial fraenum does. The lingual fraenum is the tissue that the tongue to the bottom of the mouth.

abnormal jawbone structure

4. An abnormal jawbone structure may cause diastema, as this renders it unable it to hold teeth in their proper positions.

Discrepancy in jaw size and teeth size

5.  Discrepancy in jaw size and teeth size. If the jaw is big and the teeth are quite small, development of spaces between teeth can occur. In some races, having a large jaw is genetic. The Negroid race is an example of this.

Tongue thrusting

6. Some habits can cause diastema. Tongue thrusting, or constantly pushing your tongue against the back of your teeth can create a gap between them. Also, the way you swallow food and drink can cause diastema: if you swallow with a tongue-thrust reflex (same as with the habit previously mentioned), this can create a space between teeth.  The same applies when you have mouth jewelry – such as tongue jewelry. Constantly playing with it can push the jewelry against the back of the teeth; eventually, a midline diastema may develop. Similarly, biting your lower lip can cause a diastema in your lower teeth.

gingivitis

7.  Gaps in one’s teeth can also be caused by gum problems, such as gingivitis or periodontal disease and, if left untreated, these spaces can grow bigger. With periodontal disease, some of the bone that supports the teeth (called the alveolar bone) is lost, thereby making the teeth become loose.

Can Teeth Gaps Be Prevented?

Unfortunately, not all teeth gaps can be prevented. The type of teeth gap you may have or already have depends on your habits, body structure, genetics, and oral and overall health. Maintaining teeth and gum health is one way to prevent gaps caused by periodontal disease. In addition, cutting the habits mentioned earlier can prevent the formation of an unwanted gap. Otherwise, your dentist can determine to which type yours belongs (if you are one who already has teeth gap).

Are there any treatments for Teeth Gaps?

diastema treatment

Through cosmetic dentistry, teeth gaps can be treated. Cosmetic dentistry refers to any procedure that is meant to improve the appearance of teeth, specifically prosthodontics and orthodontics. The former is also known as prosthetic dentistry which generally deals with conditions related to missing teeth. Orthodontics deals with the treatment of teeth and jaw position adjustments and malocclusions.

As mentioned before, treatment will depend on the type of teeth gap you have. Some gaps remain throughout life, especially if this involves a discrepancy in jawbone and teeth sizes. Others are treatable, but not every treatable teeth gap issue can be solved by the same solution. Diagnosis is required before any kind of treatment is to be done.

Below is a list of possible solutions for teeth gaps.

braces

1. Braces are the first solution that people think of when trying to close teeth gaps. This involves multiple visits to the dentists and may take months to years to reposition the teeth. For the longest time, traditional wire braces have been the treatment of choice. Although they can effectively treat gaps, they do not lend well aesthetically. And that is why, recently, innovations have been made to make braces appear discreet. Available now are clear braces made of ceramic material. Another type of braces that is rapidly gaining popularity among people who want to straighten their teeth are clear teeth aligners, which are a set of clear trays meant to move teeth. These are made of polyurethane material. Patients are usually given a new tray every few weeks to straighten the teeth. However, for minor teeth gaps, braces can be too expensive a treatment, so patients usually search for other less expensive means.

retainers

2. Retainers are usually used after braces to ensure the permanence of the new position of teeth. Other than the traditional retainers, clear vacuum formed retainers are now available for people who want to straighten their teeth without having to go through the awkwardness in appearance that traditional retainers give.

labial frenectomy

3. If your teeth gap is caused by an oversized labial or lingual fraenum, the dentist will conduct a procedure called a labial frenectomy before proceeding to work on the teeth itself. Part of the tissue will be removed if it is deemed an obstruction to the prescribed orthodontic treatment. Removing this portion does not have any significant side effects to speech, nor to the different mouth parts.

Dental bonding

4. Dental bonding is also another procedure that can possibly close teeth gaps. This involves “filling” the gap by bonding a type of material to the teeth. It can be done in one visit, although patients may come to a point where the bonding needs to be redone or replaced, usually because it can eventually be discolored. Also, depending on the shape of the teeth, the dentist may require some filing and re-shaping before bonding is done. Closing teeth gaps through bonding can be achieved with only one visit to the dentist.

A disadvantage that comes with bonding however, is that if the gap is as wide as 3mm, the process may make the tooth look too big.

veneer

5. A veneer is a very thin material that is adhered on top of a tooth either to improve the color of teeth or to cover teeth gaps. It also discolors less easily than bonding material. They are made of either composite material or porcelain. A composite veneer is either built up on top of the tooth are pre-fabricated and later on will be bonded to the tooth, while porcelain veneers are pre-fabricated before they are bonded. With veneers, there is minimal filing or re-shaping needed with the original teeth. As opposed to bonding, using veneers to close your teeth gap requires at least two visits to the dentist.

Non-permanent veneers have also been developed and made available to anyone who prefers this method. Non-permanent veneers are reusable and made of flexible material. Creating impressions of existing teeth can easily be done at home by way of DIY kits. The mould is then sent to the lab where the veneers are created, and the finished product is sent back to the patient through mail.

orthofill

6. Lastly, this is a method that many people have used to close minor diastema. Minor teeth gaps are gaps that are only 0.1 to 3.5 mm wide. Since wire braces and vacuum formed braces are too expensive, some people choose alternative, non-invasive and less expensive treatments to close their teeth gaps. Teeth bands, like Orthofill, can close minor teeth gaps.

To close your teeth gap, a band is placed around the two teeth with the gap in between them. The band is usually worn for twelve hours per day for a duration of at least 30 days until the gap is closed. Usually, this first phase is done during sleeping hours. Upon waking up, or after 12 hours since the band was worn, it should be taken off and discarded, and a new band must be used on the next night. After it closes, the permanent position of teeth are maintained by using retainers, or by wearing the bands for 24 hours daily for a duration of at least 30 more days. It is advised that you close one gap at a time, though some have reported success in closing two gaps at one time.

Over all, teeth gap or no teeth gap, achieving the best smile fit for you and your personality can give you many benefits that you may have been unaware of. Confidence in one’s appearance lends well to the way we interact with others and the way we present ourselves. Even the appearance of your teeth can make that difference.

Did you know that cleaning the teeth was not always this easy? Thanks to the advancing technology and dedicated dentists, it is much convenient to keep teeth clean and fresh, as well as close teeth gap and straighten severely crooked teeth. In fact, you can fix teeth gap at home using gap bands.

orthofill bands

These bands can be purchased online and applied at home each day for about a month or two. This is the cheapest and fastest way to resolve gap problems on teeth. Here are some fun teeth facts that will make you appreciate more the dental help, method and teeth products that are available today.

FALSE TEETH

false teeth

Back in 1800s, people in England who were wearing false teeth ate on their bedrooms instead of the dining table to prevent embarrassing themselves if their false teeth fall while eating. Today, false teeth are not always the option for teeth problems. There are other dental solutions like teeth filling and veneers that may resolve the concern. And if the last resort is getting false teeth, they can be fitted perfectly to avoid accidentally falling. Furthermore, they look more natural so you would still feel comfortable wearing them.

TOOTHACHE

tooth ache

If you are suffering from toothache, brushing your teeth can prevent this from happening or your dentist may give you medication to alleviate the pain immediately. That means you don’t have to kiss a donkey, which was the common solution for treating toothache in Germany back in the middle ages.

There’s also no need to cover the teeth with parchments containing incantations and prayers, which ancient Chinese used to do to ease toothache. If the tooth needs to be removed, you don’t have to worry as the dentist may use anesthesia so you wouldn’t feel anything during the process. You wouldn’t want to use pliers for removing it just like the ancient Greeks did right?

pulling-out-teeth-with-pliers

Before, toothache was believed to be caused by a tooth worm. It is said that the worm eats up the inner part of the teeth, which then destroys it. With all the available information about dental care online and with the help of the dentist, as you know, toothache and tooth decay are not caused by tooth worm. They can be caused by the foods you eat, as well as by not properly taking care of the teeth. Taking of your oral hygiene can prevent dental problems.

DENTAL PRODUCTS

dental products today

Speaking of oral hygiene, there are several products available today that can be used for taking care of your teeth. Some of them are toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, bands and mouthwash.

In ancient times, taking care of oral health was not as convenient as it is today. Twigs were used by chewing them to turn them into strands. People then use them like toothbrush for cleaning their teeth. Aside from twigs, various rough items were also used for dental cleaning including pumice and eggshell. People used to ground charcoal, chalk or use ashes like toothpaste for cleaning teeth. Urine was also used for gargling, much like a mouthwash. Good thing you don’t have to do any of these today.


Much of the dental work done by licensed orthodontists includes procedures to fix gap in teeth. There are various methods used, depending on the size of the gap. Some dentists recommend the use of bands to pull the teeth together and close the gap while others make use of fillings to camouflage the space between the teeth. People who like more immediate results prefer fillings because after the treatment, they can just walk out of the dental clinic with their teeth already fixed. Bands take a little more time. Both remedies are temporary but fillings last more than bands. The effect of bands last only for a few hours while fillings stay up to when they fall off and the adhesion weakens.

fix-gap-in-teeth

With all the modern techniques in dental medicine, dental problems no longer cause much worry on people. And it seems that dental cases are increasing each time, hence creating a great demand on dental services. Yet you might wonder why all these dental works are necessary. For all you know, a person can avoid having dental setbacks if they take good care of their oral health. This issue raises a good point as preventive measures always count in maintaining good oral condition.

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Preventing teeth gap

Instead of finding ways on how to fix gap teeth, try to find ways instead on how to prevent teeth gap. Here are some helpful tips.

Gum Care

  • Brush your teeth regularly especially before going to bed. Food particles lodge in between teeth when eating and they will stay there unless you brush them out. When not taken out, food particles decay and bacteria will grow and start to eat the teeth away, causing cavities.

 teeth extraction

  • Avoid having your teeth extracted. Losing some teeth will create space in your teeth set. With the absence of a tooth, the other teeth will start to be misaligned and move away from each other, thus creating gaps. You must keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free so you will not be forced to lose any of them. When tooth decay becomes apparent, have root canal treatment instead of extraction.

 dental floss

  • Use dental floss. Some people love to use wooden or plastic toothpick to clean their teeth after eating. Dental floss is preferred because it is as thin as thread. Toothpicks can cause gaps because they are thicker. When dental floss is not available, you might as well brush your teeth than pick them with toothpick.

regular visit to the dentist

  • Visit your dentist regularly. Again, this is the most basic rule in maintaining oral health. If you want to have a perfect set of teeth, work on it. Observe proper oral hygiene and see your dentist every six months at the least. Make sure also that you keep one regular dentist and avoid hopping from one dental clinic to another. It is important that you have a permanent record or file in your dentist’s office for his reference each time you pay him a visit.

dental care

Teeth gaps are easy to camouflage with the availability of new dental tools. However it is much better if you can prevent them from the outset by observing proper dental care.


If you think that having a tooth gap fix is already worse, think again because having a gapped tooth is not that serious compared to a gum disease. Also known as gingivitis, it is a medical condition that is characterized by redness, inflammation, and irritation on the gums.

 gingivitisMore often than not, this is not at all threatening most especially when it has been immediately tended to. The problem with this notion is that a lot of people know this. This is why many of them choose to ignore this dental disease instead of addressing this concern as soon as possible. The result is usually painful and expensive.

Complications can occur. This happens when the disease spreads out on your tissues and bones, leading to tooth loss. It can also give you a higher risk to having a cardiac arrest, respiratory disease, and stroke. That is why gingivitis is dangerous. So stop fretting about your gap tooth fix and start thinking about how you can prevent this condition that is often disabling if not treated properly.

The cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. If you do not brush your teeth twice everyday, you are encouraging plaques and cavities to form around your mouth. This sticky and often thick but invisible film found on the outer layer of your teeth and gums are all bacteria. If you do not remove it for more than three days, infection can occur and gingivitis will soon develop.

The good news, there are available treatments that you can do. Most of these things are quite easy but it is a must that you make it all a habit or else, the disease can always return. Floss regularly, brush your teeth twice a day, and visit your dentists for further analysis always work.

Some people suffer from gapped teeth, and a practical solution offered by the professionals are teeth gap bands. Other people suffer from underbite but not everyone really knows what it is. It is a problem in which the lower jaw is protruding a lot more than the upper jaw, which makes the chin stick out even more. In most cases, it generally doesn’t do any harm but it does cause a lot of confidence problems to some. People who have this sort of problem tend to ignore it since they don’t know that it can actually be solved and remedied. However, having this problem can have a big impact to one’s confidence and how they perceive themselves. People who have this cannot fully express themselves since they feel that their smiles are somewhat different compared to other people.

Fortunately, there are ways to solve this problem and one of the ways to remedy this is through corrective surgery. This might seem an over exaggerated solution but it is actually quite helpful. After the procedure, people will notice a dramatic change in their facial features and see how normal their jaw line and bite really is. Another solution for this problem would be to wear corrective devices. This is most useful when the person is young since the bones are still not set and can still be remedied.

It really isn’t easy to get perfect teeth but there are a lot of ways to achieve this. Aside from frequent and regular visits to your dentist, proper nutrition and maintenance of the teeth is important. Eating nutritious foods rich in vitamin A and C can help strengthen teeth. For children, exposure to the sun at early hours can promote the production of Vitamin D, which helps in calcification of the teeth. Taking care of one’s teeth matters since it affects how others view us when we interact with them; thus, indirectly affecting our confidence and self-esteem.


One of the first things people notice in an individual’s face is their teeth. People with a good set of pearly white and straight teeth are often times admired for their bright and attractive smiles. For those who are not naturally blessed perfect teeth, this can make them more self conscious about their appearance. For those who are embarrassed of how their teeth look, they shy away from smiling or any facial features that require them to show their choppers.

Teeth gaps and overbites are considered to be one of the most common teeth problems people experience. Although how to close a gap in your teeth is easier to do with the use of Orthofill bands or the fitting of braces, overbites, on the other hand, are more complicated and take much longer to repair. Overbites usually occur when there is a difference in the growth of the lower and upper jaws.

Fortunately, the technology on dental care and repair has improved over the years and many options are now available to fix this dental problem. For moderate overbites, the use of retainers and braces are essentially recommended. This may take a significantly long period before the overbite disappears but the results are usually satisfying. For the more serious overbite cases, surgery may be needed as a step to eliminate the patient’s overbite. Essentially, the lower jaw has a slower growth pace than that of the upper jaw. For this reason, the bottom teeth have the ability to grow until it finally meets something, in this case, the upper set of teeth. Sometimes, however, the lower teeth have the ability to grow until it reaches the upper gums, which causes an overbite.

In the end, it is important to set an appointment with a reputable orthodontist to get the best possible advice in dealing with an overbite.

 


To answer this question, Oral bands are absolutely safe and are one of the easiest to use dental devices that produce dramatic results in a short period of time. Oral bands are synthetic bands that you can slide on the teeth to close gaps. There is a lot of positive feedback about how speedy the results are and people stating the visibility of aesthetic differences after using oral bands. There are several manufacturers of oral bands that have made the use of this revolutionary product easier and more user-friendly. Oral bands are one of the safest do-it-yourself products in the market when it comes to oral aesthetic solutions.

The fact of the matter is, oral bands are as safe as any other dental implement and are not the primary cause of any orthodontic issue or gum problem such as gingivitis, and there has never been any proof to contradict this reality. The foreseen challenge may stem from improper use and abuse, wearing oral bands for more than the prescribed shelf life and in the wrong manner. There are a lot of constructive information and instructions that come with each oral band packet as well as a detailed list of what to watch out for when using oral bands.

Manufacturers of Oral bands are truly proactive in making sure that users are treated to as much information about how to maximize the benefits they receive from the product. Oral elastic manufacturers are very responsible in educating its users about what “to do and not to do” as indicated in their instructional packets. With that being stated, people who experience adverse reaction from oral band are close to none because of the impeccable safety regulations and information available on oral band use. Oral bands are an affordable way of fixing gaps and aesthetic concerns. The benefits of using oral bands are positively amazing.

Having perfect teeth is not an impossible feat anymore, and the facts remain, it’s just a matter of figuring out your options. In order to do that, you’ll also have to figure out why that smile is so important to both you and other people. For a good measure all you really have to do is to look at the celebrities you admire.

Now whoever you enjoy watching on the big screen, you might have seen most of them make a great big smile, grit their teeth hard, or just reveal a quick flash of their pearly whites. It’s just a part of their look, and while you might never attain that chiselled jaw or that gorgeous figure, you can have their smiles. The effort you put into this just boils down to gauging what is wrong with that smile.

The best way to do this is to get professional help. Make some time to visit a dentist and find out just what is wrong. Once you know the extent of the damage then you can figure out what is the best way to deal with it and if that is too expensive, alternatives are abound. If it’s a couple of chips in your teeth fillings would be a great option. Gaps can be filled as well or fixed by binding them tightly so that they start to rectify on their own. If the front of your smile is a little misaligned, then look through options like Invisalign.

Beyond your abundant options on fixing your teeth, there are also several reasons why you should opt for them. One of the best ones is because your dating life will be vastly improved. Beyond just showing off charisma, a smile exudes a form of charm on its own. A great smile works wonders for both men and women and can overcome a lot of other imperfections. It becomes a key in attraction, and will hook you a lot more dates, but that only happens if you take the chance to look good.

Interested in having better teeth? Let’s study the science of it. Only very few people have perfect teeth naturally. People’s genes dictate their characteristics, including how nice their teeth will look like. They affect the shapes and sizes of the jaws, gums and teeth, which influence how the teeth are positioned. Genes are widely varied so people have different combinations of jaw, gums and teeth traits. Some people have wide jaws with small teeth; others have narrow jaws with big teeth, and so on. There are those whose gums interfere with the spacing of their teeth. Only very few have jaws and gums that allow teeth to grow in neat rows and they are the envy of many. People with great teeth are attractive because the appearance of perfect teeth hints to the presence of good genes.

Luckily, people have found ways to go beyond what Nature has given them at birth. The problem of misaligned or widely spaced teeth is solved with devices such as teeth bands. These are attached to the teeth to gently coax them into more favorable positions. After a time, the teeth become fixed to the new locations; to those who haven’t seen the previous state of the teeth, it may look like the teeth were always that way and that they were born with it. Aside from oral bands, there are more things that help people have teeth that people find very appealing. These are available in dental clinics that are found in places where there are beauty-conscious people.

There are many oral bands that promise teeth enhancement, but like genes, they also have varying characteristics. To be assured of getting the best results, get a dental appliance from a trusted brand. It is crucial to get quality products because substandard items from unreliable brands are ineffective. They may also cause damage to the teeth or cause an infection.  Remember: the teeth are an important part of the body not only because they contribute to good looks but also because they help in chewing and talking. Get genuine products from a trustworthy seller for perfect teeth the safe and scientific way.

Great news to all people who are having problems with gaps on their teeth, Orthofill is here to save the day. There’s no need to spend several dollars to fix gapped teeth, as Orthofill gap bands would do the trick. If you’ve been hiding your smile because of those spaces on your teeth, it’s time to end it and show the world how beautiful you are. These bands are available at $30 per box. How many bands a box of Orthofill contains? Each box has 100 disposable gap bands, which is good enough for closing a small gap. Where can you buy these bands? They are available on the Internet. So start searching for an online site to order your Orthofill gap bands and start your home treatment to close the gap on your teeth.

Do you need the help of a professional or a dentist to apply these bands? No, you could do this on your own. This is another benefit of using Orthofill gap bands. There’s no need to pay a professional for the treatment. These are disposable so you need to use a new band each day. One box of Orthofill could be used for more than a month since you only need to apply one before bedtime. To start using Orthofill, get one band from the box and insert it over the teeth with gap. You may feel discomfort and pain the first time that you apply the band. But don’t worry because this would not last for long.

You’ll feel more comfortable after using the bands for a few days. This means that your teeth have already adjusted on them. How long do you need to keep doing this treatment? That depends on the size of the gap on your teeth. Small gaps are faster to close while medium to big gaps would take longer to fix. A small gap could be closed as fast as one month while bigger gaps would take around 2 months to treat.