Dangers of Gap Teeth

January 2, 2023

Many people experience diastema, a condition where there are spaces between the teeth, but this ailment has more complexities than you may know. This blog will cover all you need to know to start moving toward a smile you are happier with, whether you are searching for a treatment, like Invisalign® in Sioux City, for your teeth gap or have always wondered what caused them.


Teeth Gap 101

What Causes Teeth Gaps?  

There are many reasons why there are spaces between your teeth, and each cause will have a different effect on how the condition appears. Sometimes developmental issues that result in the jawbone and teeth being the wrong sizes produce gaps. There will typically be rather uniform gaps between all teeth if they are too tiny for the jawbone and mouth.  

Overgrowth of the labial frenum, the tissue that attaches the upper lip's back to the upper gum, can result in a gap between the upper front teeth. This tissue may develop inward in certain people, forcing space between the two front teeth.  

Particularly during childhood, when the teeth are still forming, some habits might cause gaps between the teeth. Thumb sucking and tongue thrusting are two instances that exert enough stress on the teeth to cause them to shift and form gaps. If the habits are practiced over a lengthy period, it will more likely result in gaps.  

What Are the Risks of Having Gapped Teeth?  

Bleeding gums may become more sensitive as they are exposed more. When eating and flossing, for example, there may be gaps in the teeth that may cause excessive bleeding and gum pain.  

  • Bad Breath  

Because gaps between teeth serve as a haven for plaque and bacteria, it frequently results in bad breath because of bacterial growth. It may also result in teeth yellowing because the gaps prevent you from thoroughly cleaning your teeth.  

  • Chewing Issues  

When your teeth are crooked or there are wide gaps between them, you may bite more forcefully, resulting in chipped teeth. Likewise, the inability to chew properly results in swallowing large amounts of food, which can cause digestive problems.  

  • Misaligned Bite  

Teeth gaps may result in an unbalanced bite. Your teeth may often shift and move further out of alignment as a result, causing pain. Moreover, this could result in pain in the jaw, ear, or forehead. Your teeth may become more sensitive, and chewing may become uncomfortable.  

  • Heart Disease  

If oral disorders are not treated, they can develop into more serious problems. A mouth infection can enter your bloodstream and potentially spread to other organs, causing more serious problems like heart disease.  

Gum illnesses like gingivitis and periodontitis are more prone to develop in a mouth with teeth gaps. Food frequently gets stuck in such spaces, allowing germs to proliferate and cause gum decay. Although it will appear that flossing would be simpler with wide gaps, the contrary is true. You must be extremely careful not to scrape your gums when flossing with wide gaps. The disease can weaken your teeth and gums, causing gingivitis, periodontitis, and cavities.


Invisalign in Sioux City Can Treat Minor Teeth Gaps

Bonding, veneers, braces, and Invisalign are the four common techniques that cosmetic dentists employ to close the spacing between teeth. Although adult braces can be useful for correcting spacing and reducing gaps, children's braces are the most effective. Get a hold of us if want your teeth treated.

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