Closing the Gap: Invisalign® for Gapped Teeth
By Frank Avason, DMD on February 22, 2019
Invisalign® is a discreet orthodontic treatment, making it possible to transform your smile without the need for metal braces.
Invisalign® can treat many of the same alignment issues as traditional orthodontics, including gapped teeth. At Avason Family Dentistry, Dr. Frank Avason III helps patients achieve the smile they want, Invisalign® may be right for you.
Here, you can learn more about Invisalign® for gapped teeth, and then contact our Denver, NC practice to find out if Invisalign® is right for you.
What Is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear aligner trays instead of metal braces to gradually move the position of the teeth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing and healthier smile.
Invisalign® treatment can address a number of alignment issues, including overbites, crossbites, underbites, crooked teeth, and gaps between the teeth.
How Does Invisalign® Treat Gapped Teeth?
Gapped teeth occur when there is extra space between two or more teeth. While some people may not mind their gaps, others dislike their appearance.
In many cases, gaps between the teeth only present aesthetic issues, but others may find food gets stuck in their gaps, causing tender gums and potentially gum disease.
Treating gaps with Invisalign® can help improve both the aesthetics and oral health of those with gapped teeth. Invisalign® achieves this by gently repositioning the teeth, helping to close large spaces and create a beautiful looking smile.
The Invisalign® Process for Treating Gapped Teeth
The Invisalign® process begins with an examination of the teeth. During this exam, a digital scan is taken of the teeth. The digital scan is then manipulated using computer software to visualize the final results of Invisalign® treatment.
A treatment plan is then created using the digital scan and computer software. From this digital information, a series of aligners are created that will gradually move specific teeth at certain times during treatment to close gaps and straighten any crooked teeth.
Once the aligners are prepared, they must be worn throughout the day and night, only to be removed when eating and cleaning the teeth. Each set of aligners are worn for about two weeks before changing to a new pair. Over time, the aligners will shift the teeth to their desired position, but because the aligners are clear, improvements can be seen early in treatment.
What Types of Gaps Can Invisalign® Correct?
Gaps between teeth are sometimes genetic and sometimes caused by other things. Fortunately, Invisalign® can effectively close most types of gaps, including:
- Gaps caused by a large frenulum: Some people are born with a large frenulum, the tissue between the two, upper front teeth. When this tissue is excessive, it can prevent the two front teeth from sitting close to each other. Reducing the size of the frenulum, along with Invisalign® treatment, can close large gaps between the upper front teeth.
- Gaps caused by tongue thrusting: Tongue thrusting is a swallowing reflex disorder in which the tongue pushes into the upper teeth instead of the roof of the mouth when swallowing. Over time, the regular pressure of the tongue pushing into the teeth can cause gaps to form. Tongue thrust can be treated through exercises and other therapy and devices, but this won't close gaps that have already formed. Invisalign® can help close these gaps.
- Gaps caused by pacifier use or thumb sucking: Using a pacifier or thumb sucking can impact the alignment of children's teeth, leading to gaps and other issues. Once children are old enough for Invisalign®, often during the teen years, gaps caused by early pacifier use or thumb sucking can be treated.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are unhappy with gapped teeth, Invisalign® treatment may be right for you. To schedule a consultation, call our staff at (704) 820-9797.
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