Gap In Front Teeth

A gap in the front teeth is also known as a diastema. They usually do not require any treatment, but as it affects the esthetics, various treatments are suggested to fill in this gap. Treatment procedures include direct composite filling, veneers, ceramic or zirconia crowns, or orthodontically moving the teeth together.

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I want to fix the asymmetrical alignment of my front teeth. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I lost one of my front teeth in an accident when I was 11, and due to some complications, I did not get a replacement tooth for it. So I grew up with a gap in the front part of my mouth. As I grew up, the gap started to slowly disappear. The teeth on the left and right sides of the gap ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your query. Yes, you can go for an orthodontic treatment and your teeth will be settled as you want them. Look for an orthodontist, get an appointment, and you will surely get all your satisfactory answers there. You may even go to ...  Read Full »

My upper teeth seem a little crooked. Do I need braces?

Query: Hi doctor,My upper teeth are slightly malaligned and have gaps in them. I visited the dentist. After the X-ray, he said braces will be used to correct the jaws and the result will be visible, that is up to 3 mm.  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your age is ideal for orthodontic treatment. If you will delay further then treatment will take more time to complete so it is better to start with it sooner. If you have a gummy smile and 3 mm of gum line will be visible after treatment, that is fine too. People look y...  Read Full »

Is it possible to close the gap between the two front teeth without braces, and how long would it take?

Query: Hello doctor, Is there a way to close the gap between the two front teeth without braces, and if so, how long would it take? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If the gap is very mild, we can go for a composite build-up which will be done in a single appointment. Even appliances with a split labial bow or finger springs can be used. But we need to clinically examine you along with X-rays like OPG (orthopantomography) and la...  Read Full »

The spaces are closed after a year of orthodontic treatment. Am I close to taking them off?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had braces for a year. My orthodontist had told me I only needed a closure of one tiny gap left in my top teeth. They initially asked me to book one monthly appointment with them and then two fortnightly appointments. Once the gap is finally closed, how long should I wait to fina...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hope you are doing well. It is good to hear that you are on the verge of completing your orthodontic treatment and having a beautiful smile. Based on your appointment schedule, I feel you will be off your braces in about two to three months, depending on when your ne...  Read Full »

Does one need treatment for gap in front teeth?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a gap in front teeth may be it is diastema. Teeth are not fully separated apart starting from gum line like typical diastema. They have only slight gap below the gum line, may be less than an mm. I want to know:Whether this gap between the teeth require any kind of treatment othe...  Read Full »

Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The treatment is required for an esthetic purpose only. Radiographs look fine (attachment removed to protect patient identity) to me. Along the years, the gap might increase due to a shift of the two teeth leading to an increase in the gap. There is no exercise to close...  Read Full »

Why a gap is forming between my front teeth which I did not have earlier?

Query: Hi doctor,I have started wearing my retainers again after three years (my orthodontist had said that I could stop using them). Initially, it did not fit properly but now after about one week, it fits perfectly fine. Though I think my front two teeth have got a gap between them. I thought that I will...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi,Welcome to are of various types. Please share what kind of retainers are you having, Hawley's (single wire retainers) or Essix retainers (transparent retainers).There was a bit of difficulty for you to put on retainers after three years as your teeth would have shifted a bit...  Read Full »

How can gaps in front teeth be filled in a 21 year old female?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 21 years old and has major gaps in front teeth. What is the best way to fill the gaps?  Read Full »

Dr. Srinivas Saketh. G

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The best way would be the usage of braces for the gaps between the teeth. If the gaps are less and present between a few teeth only, you can go for veneers. Considering the age, going for braces would be a better option. Still, seeing the patient directly and reviewing ...  Read Full »

Is cap a good option to close a small gap between the front two teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small gap between the front two teeth. I am planning to use a cap. Is it a good option, or is there any other effective better option available?   Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. Kindly upload an image of the front teeth that would help me to determine the nature of the gap and tooth angulation. I will walk you through the necessary and best management needed to resolve the issue once and for all. If the gap is betw...  Read Full »

What to do about gaps between teeth due to not wearing retainers?

Query: Hi doctor, I had my braces for two and a half years. Before lockdown, I removed my braces. Due to lockdown, I was unable to have my retainers. Now, I have developed some gaps between my teeth in these two months. I want to know whether anything will help me. Though my dentist has taken an impressio...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query. I suggest you get your retainer as soon as possible. It helps in correcting the gaps that you are facing now. As it is an orthodontic treatment, nothing can be done at home. Maintain your oral hygiene. Use Betadine mouthwash for gargling. ...  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment plan for my dental problems.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old. I have gaps between the teeth with a little overbite and a premolar is missing.   Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). First of all, you need to do an X-ray to determine whether the premolar is impacted or simply not present inside the jaw. Since the gaps are present between canine to canine, going for ortho...  Read Full »

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