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Diastemas

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A “diastema” is a dental term referring to a space or gap between two teeth, often the two upper central incisor teeth (upper front teeth). There are several causes including small teeth and a prominent lip attachment (fraenum), but they can occur as part of a disease process like gum disease.

Famous diastemas can be seen on Jade Jagger, Vanessa Paradis and Madonna.

They can actually be healthy as they are brushable and for children they may not qualify for NHS treatment.

They can be treated with orthodontics, though if it is due to small teeth, then adding some white filling OR placing veneers can either reduce or eliminate them.

Diastema at the start of treatment with Invisalign 

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Diastema half way through Invisalign treatment

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Diastema Mythology

In the Canterbury Tales, the "gap-toothed wife of Bath" the diastema was associated with lustful characteristics. 

In some African countries it is considered a sign of fertility. In France, they are called "dents du bonheur" ("lucky teeth"), and in Australia, they are said to be a predictor of future wealth

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