Closing A Gap Between The Front Teeth

Closing A Gap Between The Front Teeth

A look at dental procedures which can rectify this ‘problem’.

Some of you, reading the above title may be thinking ‘problem, what problem’? There is a school of thought that says a gap between the front teeth, also known as a diastema, is an attractive look, especially for women.

Whilst we wouldn’t wish to comment on fashions and trends; as dentists, we have a duty to say that, attractive or not, a diastema can cause oral health issues which you may wish to consider before choosing whether to leave the gap or not.


Whilst a diastema can occur between any teeth, it is widely taken to be the gap between the top two front teeth. This is often seen in children as their adult teeth come through, but, in most cases with children, the gap will close as the teeth either side of them come through, easing the misaligned teeth into their correct place. For adults though, once a diastema occurs, it will remain unless treated with an appropriate dental procedure. There are a number of reasons why you should consider having the space closed, including the ones below.

Misaligned teeth – The gap between the front teeth can cause other teeth surrounding it to move as well. Over time, this could leave you with unsightly crooked teeth.

Gum disease – In some cases with gaps and misalignment, there is more opportunity for gingival bacteria to accumulate. It is not unusual too, with a diastema, for more of the gum line to be exposed which can add to the problem.

Speech – In some, but not all cases, it is possible that speech can be affected.

Should you choose to close the gap between your front teeth, there are a number of options available at our Ipswich dental practice. Naturally, we would need to make a thorough examination in order to decide which treatment would be most appropriate.

Orthodontics – Dental braces, or orthodontics, can be used to correct the alignment of the teeth and move them into their correct position. We offer a number of options at the Foxhall Dental Practice, including discreet and fast-acting systems.

Veneers – Although mostly used in cases where teeth are heavily discoloured and where cosmetic improvement is desired, veneers can also be used to ‘close’ gaps between the teeth. This is usually in cases where the gap is not too significant.

If you have a gap between your teeth, why not allow us to check it and offer our advice on the best way to overcome it? Please call the Foxhall Dental Practice of Ipswich on 01473 258396.