This is when there is too much space between the teeth. It is normal to have spacing between the baby teeth at the front of the teeth. In most cases these spaces close when the permanent teeth come in – around age 11 to 12.
Persistent space can be due to a disharmony of tooth size and jaw size. It can also occur when teeth are missing.
Spacing can be unaesthetic and in severe cases, can cause issues with speech.
Orthodontic treatment can close spacing. The timing depends on the nature of the problem.