Celebrities like Madonna, Vanessa Paradis, and Lauren Hutton are famous for their gapped front teeth, but for many people, this dental anomaly prevents them from smiling with confidence.
The medical term for a gap or space between two teeth is diastema. While it is most commonly seen between the upper front teeth, diastema can occur just about anywhere. Gapped teeth can be hereditary or caused by habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. In some people, a space develops because of undersized teeth, or teeth that don’t grow in.
This impacts not only your smile, but it can also increase the risk for gum disease because of the pockets where bacteria from food particles can thrive.
If you want to correct a large gap between your teeth, Invisalign® may be an excellent solution. In the past, gapped teeth were always fixed with traditional metal braces, but today’s patients can take advantage of much subtler and more convenient option– a clear tooth alignment system.
Our dentists are certified Invisalign® providers in Huntington, LI, and have helped hundreds of patients get the smile they’ve always dreamed about with this innovative system.
Invisalign® is highly effective at closing most types of tooth gaps. Patients who have exceptionally large gaps, however, should expect a longer treatment period to see final results.
Because every case is unique, it’s impossible to predict exact treatment periods, but generally speaking, large gaps can take between 18-24 months to close with the Invisalign® system.
During the Invisalign® treatment, patients wear a series of removable, custom plastic aligners that apply gentle pressure to move the teeth. These trays are changed every couple of weeks, as the teeth slowly shift into proper position.
To help expedite the process, dentists may also recommend attaching Invisalign’s Smartforce elastics. These tooth-colored elastics enable more complicated tooth movements. After the treatment is completed, patients are fitted for a retainer to help maintain results.
One of the many advantages of Invisalign® for gapped teeth is that just about everyone can use it, including teenagers. At Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have used Invisalign® to repair gaps in teens and adults of all ages and seen excellent results.
That said, Invisalign® does require diligence. The aligners are removable, so it’s up to patients to stay compliant and wear the trays for a minimum of 22 hours each day to achieve results.
The Invisalign® system can help you avoid the inconvenience of traditional orthodontic treatments while subtly improving the aesthetic of your smile. Removable trays make brushing, flossing, and eating meals easy and simple.
Tired of having gapped teeth and wondering if Invisalign® is right for you? Contact us today and schedule a free Invisalign® consult in Huntington, Long Island, or our Livingston Street office.
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