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As you were growing up, your baby teeth were gradually replaced by your 32 permanent teeth. Some people will develop a gap or significant spacing between two or more of their teeth. This is often related to genetics and the structure of your mouth. Sometimes, environmental factors can also contribute to uneven spacing.


This condition, which is also known as a diastema, can affect the appearance of your smile, and could also lead to possible dental fractures and chipped tooth enamel. Some people with an unaddressed diastema might be at an increased risk of suffering from lost tooth enamel. In many of these cases our orthodontist, Dr. Joseph Basile, can correct or minimize a diastema with traditional braces. Once your braces have been placed, you will need to return to Orthodontic Specialists, P.A. for routine adjustments. During these important appointments, the orthodontist will tighten your braces to bring your gapped teeth closer to each other. It’s important to brush your teeth and braces each morning and night, floss at least once each day. This will help reduce your chances of suffering complications related to tooth decay and gum disease.


If you live in the Lakeville, Minnesota, area and you have an unaddressed gap between two or more of your teeth, you should call 952-469-6760 to set up an appointment.