Removing Unwanted Space
Although the gap between your two front teeth may have been “adorable” or “cute” as a child, now that you’re an adult, it’s time for this unnecessary space to go. At Parkfield Family Dental, Dr. Tijerina can offer an easy solution that eliminates the need to wear metal brackets and wires and instead, offers faster results and a more subtle treatment option – Invisalign! By using these clear aligners, you will notice a dramatic difference in your smile as the gap begins to close and your teeth become more properly aligned.
Why Do Gaps Appear Between Teeth?
Anyone with a gap in their smile likely wonders how it got there in the first place. It could be for a variety of reasons, some of which include:
- Gum disease
- Thumb-sucking or pacifier use as a child
- Missing teeth
- Tongue thrust
- Large frenulum (lip tie)
If you’ve started to experience problems with your oral health as a result of your gapped smile, Dr. Tijerina can use Invisalign to close the gap. This unnecessary space can lead to an increased risk for tooth decay, gum disease, a misaligned bite, and cavity formation if left untreated, so it’s best to take care of this common dental problem before it worsens.
Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
If you’re wondering whether you qualify for Invisalign, Dr. Tijerina and his team will examine your oral cavity during your consultation and determine if these clear aligners are right for you. Because they do require more responsibility than traditional metal braces, it will be necessary that you commit to the process of wearing your aligners at least 20-22 hours each day, only removing them while eating, drinking, or cleaning them.
There are certain instances where a gap can be too large to achieve the desired results with Invisalign. Should this be the case for your situation, it is likely our team will recommend traditional braces.
How Does it Work?
Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that are custom-made to fit your smile. Over the course of treatment, which can vary from person-to-person, you will wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day. After 1-2 weeks, you will swap out your current set for the next in the series. This will ensure that continuous pressure is gently placed on your teeth to move and shift them in the right direction.
Over time, you will begin to notice that the gap(s) begin to close and create a more even, perfectly aligned smile that is easier to clean and maintain for greater oral health.
Benefits of Invisalign
Whether you are contemplating how best to close the gap, or you desperately want to receive treatment with Invisalign, you likely want to know more about the benefits you’ll achieve with this type of treatment.
You can expect:
- A more subtle orthodontic solution that uses clear, plastic trays
- Faster results than those achieved with traditional metal braces
- An easy-to-use system of aligners that can be removed while eating, drinking, and cleaning
- Low-maintenance trays that require only a soft-bristled toothbrush, clear soap, and lukewarm water to clean
- An orthodontic treatment that doesn’t compromise your daily appearance while receiving dental care
- Improved appearance and a boost of confidence when finished with treatment
To learn more about how Invisalign can change your smile, contact our office to request an appointment.