Tooth gaps and diastema - causes and possibilities

Tooth gaps and diastema - causes and possibilities

Table of contents on the topic of tooth gaps:

  1. Everything you need to know about diastema and tooth gaps
    1. Why do diastemas and large gaps between teeth occur?
      1. Genetic predisposition: gaps between teeth are a family tradition
      2. Bad habits: pacifiers and thumb sucking lead to diastemas
    2. Do you have to remove gaps between your teeth? Possible effects
    3. Closing gaps in teeth: Treatment options for adults
      1. Braces for adults: Does orthodontic treatment make sense?
      2. Transparent aligners: Do they also correct diastema?
      3. Can you close gaps in your teeth as an adult yourself?
        1. Gaps in your teeth temporarily close without braces: immediate solution with veneers
        2. Advantages of veneers for cosmetic tooth correction for adults
  2. Gaps in the teeth of adults: close or leave?

Gaps in the teeth are a confusing matter. Sometimes they are trendy, sometimes not. But most of the time they are a visible flaw as soon as you open your mouth. You have probably often wondered whether you should have your gap in the teeth closed or wear it with pride. If that is the case, then you have come to the right place. Here you can find out more about the causes of tooth gaps and the available options for tooth correction for adults.

If your problem is gaps caused by missing teeth, then you can find all the information on this page.

Everything you need to know about diastema and tooth gaps

A beautiful smile contributes to self-confidence, strengthens positive impressions and increases well-being. A gap between the incisors and large spaces between teeth are often considered an aesthetic defect, but can also cause functional and health dental problems.

Even though a diastema and large spaces between teeth become a trademark for some people like Madonna and Jürgen Vogel, they are usually seen as a flaw that needs to be corrected.

Why do diastemas and large spaces between teeth occur?

The development of our teeth often seems to be pure fate. An unavoidable situation determined by our genetics. For the most part, this may be true, but there are also causes of gaps between teeth that can be avoided.

Causes of gaps in the teeth and diastema: inconsistent size ratio, too tight frenulum, hypodontia, thumb sucking, pacifier

Genetic predisposition: gaps in the teeth are a family tradition

If you have a gap between your incisors or large interdental spaces, it is very likely that your parents or grandparents have passed them on to you. Because our genetics determine the size of our teeth and jaw.

It can happen that the ratio between jaw and tooth size is inconsistent: large jaw with small teeth or small jaw with large teeth. This can lead to large gaps (or, on the contrary), crooked teeth.

Other genetic causes of diastema and gaps between teeth are a too tight frenulum and hypodontia, where the teeth consist of fewer than 32 teeth. Both causes are congenital genetic "defects".

Bad habits: pacifiers and thumb sucking lead to diastema

In addition to genetic predisposition, bad habits also play a significant role in the development of gaps between teeth and large interdental spaces. Habits such as thumb sucking can have a negative impact on teeth and jaws, similar to long-term use of a pacifier. The pressure and positioning of the suction can cause teeth to shift and a gap between the incisors.

Do gaps need to be removed? Possible effects

Diastema can have various negative effects. They affect the aesthetic appearance of the smile and can negatively affect the self-confidence of the affected person. In addition, gaps between teeth can cause an imbalance between the upper and lower jaw, which can lead to poor bite control and possibly speech problems, headaches, muscle pain and tinnitus.

Cleaning teeth is also made more difficult by large gaps between teeth, as food particles and plaque can more easily accumulate between the teeth, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Closing gaps between teeth: Treatment options for adults

Traditionally, gaps between teeth are closed with braces, but there are other ways to close gaps between teeth besides this typical method.

Braces for adults: Is orthodontic treatment useful?

For the treatment of diastema, Braces are the most traditional method of aesthetic tooth correction. The pressure created by the "brackets" brings the teeth into the desired position over a longer period of time. Unlike with young people, wearing visible braces can cause adults to feel ashamed and lose self-confidence.

Depending on the situation, orthodontic treatment can take several months or years, during which regular check-ups are required. The braces must be adjusted again and again to achieve the perfect result.

On top of that, there are the costs. Orthodontic treatment that is mainly carried out for cosmetic reasons is not covered by health insurance. Therefore, fixed braces can cost up to $8,000. Find out more about it here.

Transparent aligners: Do they also correct diastema?

The alternative to fixed braces for adults are aligners. Aligners are transparent plastic dental braces that are also designed to correct teeth using pressure.

Although aligners are removable, they must be worn for at least 20 hours a day to have enough influence on the teeth. This requires a lot of discipline from the wearer. They must be remade regularly to adapt to the progress of the teeth.

Can you close gaps in your teeth yourself as an adult?

Unlike tooth discoloration, you cannot close gaps in your teeth yourself without braces. Self-application methods carry a very high risk that can cause permanent damage and require even longer treatment.

The only way to conceal your gap in your teeth yourself is with aesthetic dental braces or veneers that you can clip on.

Closing gaps in your teeth without braces: Immediate solution veneers

If you are looking for a solution without orthodontic treatment, then you have come to the right place. Large gaps between teeth or a gap between the incisors can be ideally closed with dental veneers, as they easily fit onto smaller teeth and can be held in place in the gaps.

Dental veneers are wafer-thin ceramic shells that are glued to the teeth by the dentist. They are particularly popular among celebrities because they can completely change the appearance of the teeth in an elegant way.

In addition to the permanent ceramic shells from the dentist, there is also the aesthetic dental splint from Veneera™. These so-called "clip-on veneers" can be clipped on and differ mainly in that you can do everything you need to do from home. Another bonus is, of course, that you save thousands of euros.

Advantages of veneers for cosmetic tooth correction for adults

While dental shells are attached individually to the tooth by the dentist and thus only compensate for minor blemishes, the aesthetic dental splint from Veneera™ can completely change the appearance. The ultra-thin, custom-made aligner is individually fitted to your teeth to change as much or as little as you need.

Compared to the other options, the aligner offers instant results that are often not possible even after years of wearing fixed braces. It can seamlessly conceal large gaps between your teeth and bring out your true smile. Even a large gap between your incisors can be easily closed with veneers. Check out our customers' experiences and marvel at their transformation.

Since you can do everything from home, the aligner is also perfect for anxious patients. It only requires a homemade impression, for which the necessary materials are sent to your home. If you want to wear your diastema proudly, you don't have to wear it.

Gaps between teeth in adults: close them or leave them?

Tooth correction for adults is a difficult matter, for which there has only been one permanent, irreversible solution - braces. Fortunately, there are now several more cost-effective and temporary options such as aligners and veneer-like braces to give adults a new smile.

While traditional methods require a long period of wear with adjustments, veneers offer a perfect immediate result that is achieved with a one-time production. Without pain or discomfort, an aesthetic dental splint that can be clipped on can completely change the teeth and enable dental aesthetic perfection.

With a cosmetic dental splint, gaps between teeth and large gaps between teeth can be closed effectively and without affecting the natural smile, resulting in increased self-confidence and an infectious smile.



Find out now what your smile looks like without a gap in your teeth and enjoy the best of both worlds with the clip-on dental veneer!