If you’ve had beautiful, straight, perfectly spaced teeth your whole life and suddenly develop a gap, you’re not alone. There is an array of reasons why a gap could suddenly be appearing in your teeth, and while it most likely does not need to be addressed, it can easily be fixed.
In some cases, the way that you swallow can be what’s affecting your teeth. Some people get into the habit of pushing their tongue outward when they swallow, which puts a lot of pressure on the teeth and can create a gap. Others suffer from a genetic combination that doesn’t allow teeth to stay together, and some suffer from a too closely attached labial frenum. The labial frenum is the tissue band that attaches the upper lip to the gums and if it attaches too closely to the front teeth than it can cause a gap over time.
Medically, treatment is not necessary, but in an aesthetic world, dentists understand the desire for a perfect smile. With braces, veneers, or composite bonding, your dentist can close your gap and bring your smile to life.