Invisalign® for Gaps
By Dr. Ribeiro on August 23, 2020
Patients with orthodontic misalignment have many treatment options to choose from. Invisalign® can correct many of the same conditions as traditional metal braces, including gapped teeth.
Dr. Richard Ribeiro offers Invisalign for gaps at Clarksville Smiles in Clarksville, TN. As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Ribeiro has the skill and experience necessary to deliver top-tier, lasting results.
Here, our team discusses why addressing gaps between the teeth is important for oral health. We will also explain how Invisalign can correct this issue as well as how to maintain the results of your treatment.
What Causes Gaps between the Teeth?
Gaps can occur between the teeth for a number of reasons. For example, spacing can be the result of:
- Small teeth: If the teeth are small, then spaces are more likely to form between them.
- Oversized jawbone: If the jawbone is too large for the teeth, gaps and spaces are more likely to develop.
- Childhood habits: Prolonged thumb-sucking or pacifier use can cause the front teeth to protrude, resulting in gaps.
- Frenulum attachment: A frenulum is a small rope of connective tissue that connects the lips to the gums. In some cases, this piece of tissue is attached too high or too low, resulting in an overgrowth of tissue between two teeth. This is referred to as diastema, and it can cause gaps in the smile.
Why Treat Gapped Teeth?
Gaps can create pockets between the teeth that harbor food particles and bacteria. This can result in gum disease and other serious oral health issues. When the teeth are in proper alignment, they contribute to normal oral function. In addition, many patients want to close gaps to enhance the appearance of their smile.
How Invisalign Treats Gaps
Like braces, Invisalign shifts the teeth into more desirable positions over time. Instead of metal bands, brackets, and wires, Invisalign accomplishes this with a series of clear, removable aligner trays. Patients wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks before swapping them out for the next set in the sequence.
All in all, Invisalign treatment takes about 18 to 24 months to complete. However, the exact timeline depends on the severity and complexity of your case. During a consultation at our Clarksville office, Dr. Ribeiro can give you an approximation.
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
Due to advanced technologies and methods, Invisalign can address virtually any orthodontic condition. However, there may be some instances when your dentist recommends traditional orthodontics instead. For example, Invisalign is an excellent option for closing down gaps in the smile. But if you have severe misalignment or malocclusion issues, then braces may be a better long-term option.
To determine your candidacy for Invisalign, Dr. Ribeiro performs a comprehensive assessment during your initial consultation. He will also discuss your personal goals in detail to determine if Invisalign is right for you.
Like any cosmetic treatment, patients should be in good oral health before proceeding. If you have cavities or gum disease, these issues should be treated before beginning Invisalign.
Schedule Your Invisalign Consultation Today
If you have gaps or spaces between the teeth, they could be affecting your oral health as well as your appearance. To find out if Invisalign is an option for you, schedule a visit at our Clarksville practice. Contact us online any time or call our office at (931) 645-6362.
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