Invisalign for Gaps
By Dr. David Wyse on September 18, 2020
Tooth gaps are a common occurrence, and many individuals choose not to address them. For those patients who want to close a space between their teeth, there are treatment options available. Traditional metal braces are a good option, but they can be cumbersome and inconvenient. Other patients might choose Invisalign for gaps to achieve a more attractive smile.
At our Bloomington, IL, practice Drs. Jay Chrisman and David Wyse are qualified Invisalign providers. During a consultation, our dentists can determine if you are a candidate for the procedure. A treatment plan is then customized to leave the patient with a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
What Problems Are Associated with Gaps?
Many individuals view gaps as a cosmetic issue, but for some, the space can cause more pressing issues. Having a large gap can greatly affect self-esteem. Some individuals might avoid social situations, have a more difficult time in school, or lose job opportunities.
However, for some patients, a gap can cause oral health problems. When there is a large space between the front teeth, there might not be enough room for nearby teeth to grow. These crooked or crowded teeth can cause issues with a patient’s bite and affect eating.
Depending on the size of the gap, some individuals might have speech problems. They can develop speech impediments, which can affect communication. When patients have issues with their daily activities, they should visit our Bloomington dental practice.
Should I Correct My Gap?
When gaps are small, and there are no underlying medical conditions, it is usually considered a cosmetic issue. These patients typically do not seek treatment. However, if gaps are causing oral health problems, or if the patient wants to enhance the appearance, he or she should visit our office. Our doctors offer various options.
When gaps are large enough to cause concerns with your appearance, you might qualify for Invisalign. Invisalign patients should be in good overall health and not have any underlying dental issues. Patients with especially large gaps might not be right for Invisalign and instead need traditional metal braces.
How Does Invisalign Work for Gaps?
Invisalign are durable plastic aligners that gently shift teeth into their proper position to close gaps. These aligners are a popular choice for our patients since they are transparent and provide a nearly invisible look.
What Is the Invisalign Process?
During a consultation, the dentist determines if you are a candidate for Invisalign. After you qualify, the doctor takes photographs and makes impressions of your teeth. The images are sent to a lab where the plastic trays are customized.
Patients receive a series of trays, and each one is worn for about two weeks. You wear the aligner for about 20 to 22 hours per day and can remove them while eating and when brushing and flossing. The length of time that you use Invisalign will depend on your gap and the results you want to achieve.
How Do I Maintain My New Smile?
Once your gap is closed and your Invisalign treatment is complete, you need to wear a retainer for some time. The retainer prevents your teeth from shifting back and causing gaps to form. Patients should see their dentist regularly for check-ups to ensure they have optimal oral health.
Schedule an Exam
Patients can learn more about Invisalign for gaps by contacting our office at (309) 663-6393. Our medical team can schedule you for a consultation to learn more about the process.
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“I love my "new teeth." I feel so much better about my smile. The staff at Dr. Chrisman's office was very friendly and professional. I would recommend them to anyone looking for excellent dental care.” Jennifer B