What Causes Gaps Between the Teeth

Posted on 6/19/2023 by office
What Causes Gaps Between the TeethGaps between teeth can be a source of insecurity and dental concern for many individuals. Identifying the root cause can be beneficial for formulating a treatment plan. Various factors can contribute to gaps between teeth.

Missing Teeth

Don't let missing teeth leave you with uneven spacing and bite problems! When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth can shift towards the gap, causing unsightly gaps and even more tooth loss if not addressed promptly. Keep your smile shining bright with proper dental care!

Jaw Size

Did you know that your jaw size can determine if you have gaps between your teeth? If your jaw is larger than your teeth, gaps may appear, while overcrowding can occur if your teeth are too large for your jaw. It's all about finding the perfect balance.

Mismatch Between the Size of Teeth and Jawbone

A mismatch between the size of your teeth and jawbone can cause those pesky gaps between your teeth. This can occur due to genetic factors or developmental issues, making you self-conscious about your smile. Don't worry - with proper dental care; you can fix this issue and get back to grinning from ear to ear.


Malocclusion is a dental condition where the teeth do not align properly, leading to gaps between teeth. This can occur for various reasons, such as genetics, thumb-sucking, tongue-thrusting, or mouth breathing. Malocclusion can also cause other dental problems, such as difficulty chewing or speaking.

Oversized labial frenum

An oversized labial frenum is a tissue band connecting the upper lip to the gums. When this frenulum is too large, it can cause a gap between the two front teeth. The frenum pulls the gums away from the teeth, creating a space or gap. This condition can occur due to genetic factors, but it can also be caused by habits such as thumb-sucking or pacifier use. A frenectomy may be recommended to remove the excess tissue and close the gap.

These are just a few of the many common causes of gaps in teeth. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a healthier, happier you!

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