Midline diastema is a space present between maxillary and mandibular central incisors. It can occur due to genetic and environmental causes. Excessive anterior overbite is one of the causes of having midline diastema. Trauma to maxillary anteriors from mandibular incisors causes maxillary incisors to become proclined, and it results in causing diastema. Midline diastema caused due to supernumerary teeth and soft tissue anomalies are removed surgically, and the spaces are closed orthodontically. Oral habits like thumb sucking and tongue thrusting can cause diastema, and it is closed by orthodontic treatment.
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Can an upper lip tie cause a gap between the teeth of my child?
Query: Hello doctor,My 1-year-old seems to have an upper lip tie. Some thick skin between the two top middle teeth is sort of stuck to the inside of his upper lip. We only noticed because he just got hurt and a part ripped. We thought some skin was stuck between his teeth and tried to pull it out but it is... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. The upper lip tie in your child is one of the common problems faced. This is called high labial frenum attachment in dental terms. There are two major disadvantages of such frenal attachments. Firstly, it woul... Read Full »
I have a gap in my front teeth even after getting orthodontic treatment. Please provide me with an alternative solution.
Query: Hello doctor, I have a gap in my front teeth even after orthodontic treatment. Please suggest me a proper treatment for my concern. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. Firstly, a physiologic space between front teeth is known as midline diastema. The gap may also be caused by weak, infected gums (periodontitis). The gap can also be due to low positioning of the labial frenum, ... 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 »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
I ordered a set of aligners to correct my smile. Will it help?
Query: Hello doctor, I want to make sure my treatment is safe. I ordered aligners, and they came in with how they will change my smile. I want to make sure it is safe for my teeth. I was given a treatment plan, and I would like to show you how it will fix my teeth, but I want to make sure it is safe and co... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is not advisable to get any changes done by any appliances without the supervision or guidance of a certified orthodontist. Please make sure you are getting your treatment progress monitored. Thank you. Read Full »
Can the gap between my front teeth be corrected?
Query: Hello doctor, I want to know what can be done to get my teeth in proper alignment as there is a gap between two teeth. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have been through your query and I can understand your concern. If you have a gap between the front teeth only, then the condition is called as midline diastema. It can be treated orthodontically as well as with conservative management (operative dentistry). In o... Read Full »
I have gap between my front teeth. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, I was looking into veneers and invisalign to fix the gap between my front teeth. I am not sure what would fix them. So, I am looking for some initial advice. I have attached a picture for you to view. Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and attached photograph (attachment removed to protect patient identity). First of all, let me know you that the space between upper front teeth, which you are having, is called midline diastema. It can occur due to many reasons like... Read Full »
What is the treatment for midline space between upper front teeth?
Query: Hello doctor, My upper and lower jaw teeth are misaligned. There is 8mm of midline space in the upper front teeth. What will be the probable treatment for this? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It would have been better if you had mentioned your age. For an exact diagnosis and treatment plan, attach a more detailed history and an intraoral picture of your mouth. If you have 8mm of midline diastema (space between the teeth), you usually require orthodontic ... Read Full »
Please suggest the best way to reduce front teeth gap and size.
Query: Hello doctor, I want to fill the gap in four of my front teeth and reduce the size of two front teeth that seems large than others. What are the safest options, if I do not use braces? Please suggest. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have two options: 1. Laminate veneers which are more esthetic and durable but comparatively expensive. 2. Composite veneers which are esthetic but less durable compared to laminates. Read Full »
I am on braces to correct the front teeth gap. Do I want to wait for a long time to finish the treatment?
Query: Hello doctor,I wear braces, my front two teeth were crossed initially, but now they have a gap. I had the gap for six months and a couple of weeks ago they put the tightest wire and elastic on to try close it, but it has not even started to close yet. Do you know when it will? What happens if it nev... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Though the migration of teeth starts almost immediately after putting on the braces, the effects start becoming evident after about the sixth week. Though the pace varies from person to person, the gap (diastema) does close with time. Howev... Read Full »
What can be done for slanting teeth after ortho treatment?
Query: Hello doctor, I am nearly two years into my orthodontic treatment to correct overcrowding and midline correction. Although I am really concerned as my face seems to look really asymmetrical and my teeth are slanting, I feel really self-conscious about it. I feel it is something my orthodontist not c... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your teeth are almost aligned and from the front aspect, it looks like it is near completion (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Since I cannot see the teeth in the back region, I will address your concerns from the front aspect. You are right in your observ... Read Full »