Closing the Gap

Gapped teeth can occur anywhere in the mouth, and while some are small and barely noticeable, other gaps may be larger and can be a cosmetic problem — particularly if they are in between the upper two front teeth. Fortunately, spaces in between teeth are typically considered to be a minor dental issue that can be treated with braces and other orthodontic solutions, such as Invisalign® invisible aligners.

Also known as diastema, tooth gaps are a common type of misalignment. If gapped teeth are not accompanied by bite misalignment or other problems then Invisalign aligners are a comfortable and unobtrusive alternative to conventional braces.

Specialist orthodontist, Dr Chaw-Su Kyi, provides a range of treatments for gapped teeth in Hammersmith Grove, West London with virtually invisible braces as well as other orthodontic measures that are tailor-made to your individual needs. While Dr. Kyi recommends Invisalign for crooked teeth in London, she will determine the best treatment plan for your specific needs.

Causes of Diastema

Several factors may contribute to spaces forming in between the teeth, including:

  • The size of the teeth and jawbone. If teeth are too small for the jawbone then they will be spaced too far apart. This is often determined by genetics.
  • An overgrowth of gum tissue.
  • Inflammation of the gum tissue due to gum disease.
  • Bad habits, such as thumb sucking, may cause the teeth to pull forward, creating a gap.
  • Tongue thrust — an incorrect swallowing reflex that puts pressure on the front teeth and forces them apart.

Do I Need Treatment for Gapped Teeth?

For most people, gapped teeth do not pose any oral health problems. In fact, there is something to be said for having a small space between teeth because it can make it easier to floss and actually improve dental health.

However, spaces that are too large may accumulate more food and debris and allow harmful bacteria to thrive. The acid plaque produced by bacteria is corrosive and hardens to tartar which irritates the gums and erodes the teeth. If left untreated, it may lead to gum disease and the more serious periodontal disease that destroys the supporting tissues of the teeth, including gums, tooth ligaments and bone.

Even if the gaps in your teeth are not causing any health issues, they may bother you from a cosmetic point of view, particularly if there is a space between your two front teeth (midline diastema).

Dr. Chaw Su Kyi

Why Choose Dr Kyi for Gapped Teeth Treatment in West London?

Awarded 2020 Specialist Orthodontist of the Year in London, Dr Kyi is renowned for her innovative and leading expertise in the field of orthodontics. Receiving a quadruple distinction from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’s medical schools, she is affiliated with prestigious dental and surgical associations across the world and is an Invisalign Platinum Provider.

No case is too complex for Dr Kyi. She often treats patients who have been turned down by other orthodontists who lack the required expertise or skills. With meticulous planning, she can help you to achieve your desired dental aesthetic and health goals to harmonise your lower face.

Dr Kyi can provide you with a personalized treatment for crooked teeth in London, giving you the smile you have always wanted. For problems with gapped teeth in Hammersmith Grove and the surrounding areas, schedule an online consultation or book an appointment at W6’s premier orthodontic clinic.