Veneers for a Diastema

A diastema is a gap between the teeth, predominantly the front teeth, and is common in children. It is estimated that around half of children aged between 6 and 9 years old have a diastema. In most cases, the space closes naturally as the adult teeth start to develop. However, the gap does not always close and this can cause some people to feel conscious about the appearance of their smile.

What causes a diastema?

There are many possible causes of a diastema, including:

  • Abnormalities in the bone structure: In some cases, the bone between the incisors is shaped abnormally, which can cause a gap between the front teeth.
  • Additional tissue: In some cases, there is extra tissue between the teeth preventing them from touching.
  • Biting your lip: If you bite your lower lip this can make the gap worse.
  • Large tongue: If your tongue is large this can push the teeth forward, creating a gap between them.
  • Development of the teeth: Sometimes the teeth develop in a way that results in space being created.

How will a diastema affect me?

In some cases, especially in children, a diastema has no effect at all. However, it is possible for a diastema to affect speech, especially the formation of 'S' sounds, and it can also affect confidence and self-esteem.

What can be done?

There are various treatment options available for a diastema, including surgery orthodontics and cosmetic treatments. Your dentist will recommend treatment after examining your mouth and determining how the diastema affects you. A number of factors should be taken into account before treatment begins, including tooth size, angles of the teeth, the stage of development and tooth overlapping. Often, dentists will address the cause of the diastema as a priority.

Veneers for a diastema

Veneers can help in cases where a diastema is present, but the teeth will initially need to be prepared to make room. This involves removing tiny pieces of tooth tissue to create a better surface for bonding. Your veneers will be shaped and trimmed to fit your natural teeth. Veneers can cause the teeth to become slightly sensitive but this will soon wear off.

How long do veneers last?

Veneers last for several years providing that you take good care of them. They can chip and break like natural teeth so it's important to look after them.


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