Facts About the Gap Between Your Teeth

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Many people wonder why others have a gap between their front teeth while others do not. Here are facts about a gap between your front teeth:

1. The technical term for a gap between your teeth is diastema.

Diastema for one gap or diastemata for multiple gaps are the terms professionals in the dental field use to refer to gaps between your teeth. The gaps can be anywhere in your mouth, but they most commonly occur between the upper two incisors—your upper two front teeth.

2. Many factors can lead to gaps between your teeth.

Often, a gap forms between the teeth as a result of being born with a jaw that is too large for the teeth, or teeth that are too small for the jaw. The most common reason for gaps is simply having a tooth size to jaw discrepancy. Additional factors that can lead to gaps between your teeth include:


Having an overly large tongue

Gum disease

3. There isn't always a clinical reason to close the gaps between your teeth.

Many people who wish to close a gap between their teeth do so because they do not like the way it looks. In some instances, gaps between the teeth are strictly a cosmetic preference, rather than an issue that causes health problems.

4. Gaps are hereditary.

While there are many reasons that you might develop a gap between your teeth, some gaps and tooth alignment issues are genetic in origin. If both your parents had a gap, there is a strong chance you will have one too.

5. A gap between your teeth is a sign of beauty in many parts of the world.

Standards of beauty vary significantly around the world. A gap between the front teeth is often considered a sign of beauty and attractiveness, leading some people to even widen their gaps.

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