A diastema is a space or gap between two teeth. It appears most often between the two upper front teeth. However, gaps can occur between any two teeth. A mismatch between the size of the jaw bones and the size of the teeth can cause either extra space between teeth or crowding of teeth. If the teeth are too small for the jaw bone, spaces between the teeth will occur. If the teeth are too big for the jaw, teeth will be crowded.
HOW IS DIASTEMA DIAGNOSED?
The diastema is pretty much evident but a dentistry check-up will confirm it if at all it is too mild. In some cases, the condition is quite major with significant gap between two or more teeth. X-ray may be conducted before treatment begins to analyse the course of treatment and the method to be applied.
HOW IS DIASTEMA TREATED?
There are different treatment options available to treat different types of diastema. If it is a mild gap, a dental retainer is all that is needed. Surgery may be needed to correct a major gap.
DID YOU KNOW?
A permanent retainer will require regular cleaning and flossing.