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Can Invisalign® Close the Gaps Between My Teeth?

Can Invisalign® Close the Gaps Between My Teeth?

Extra space between two or more teeth (gap teeth) is a common dental issue, and it’s more than a cosmetic concern. Without treatment, extra space between teeth can increase the risk of tooth and gum disease. 

Invisalign® is an alternative to traditional braces that addresses a number of dental issues, including gap teeth. General and cosmetic dentist Jeffrey C. Barrera, DDS, and the team at Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry in Santa Margarita, California, offer Invisalign for adults and teens. 

Featuring clear aligner trays, Invisalign is nearly invisible as it gradually moves your teeth into the correct position, closing gaps and transforming your smile. Here’s what to know about Invisalign for closing gap teeth. 

Why do I have gaps between my teeth?

Gaps in teeth have various causes. Anatomical factors may contribute to spaces forming between teeth. Individuals with small teeth compared to the size of their jawbone may develop japs in their teeth. Genetic factors govern the size of your teeth and jawbone. Gum tissue overgrowth is another cause of extra space between teeth. 

In children, habits such as thumb-sucking can create gaps and other issues. Gum disease is another factor that causes damage to teeth and gums that may result in extra space between teeth.

Addressing gaps in teeth 

Left unaddressed, extra spaces in teeth can trap food and hike the risk for gum disease and cavities. If you have gaps in your teeth, schedule a visit with the Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry team for a complete dental exam to discuss your treatment options. The type of treatment recommended depends on the size of the gaps in your teeth.

Invisalign, veneers and dental bridges are the most effective treatments for closing gaps. If you have any dental issues, such as gum disease, Dr. Barrera will address it before treating the gaps in your teeth.

Using Invisalign to close gaps

Dr. Barrera will examine your teeth during your consultation to determine if Invisalign is suitable for closing the gaps in your teeth. Invisalign uses plastic aligners to straighten crooked teeth and close extra spaces in teeth. At each checkup appointment you will receive a new custom-fitted aligner. 

Small gaps may take a few months to close, while larger gaps may take longer. For patients with significant gaps, your provider may recommend using Invisalign with veneers or bonding. Your aligner is worn for around 20 hours each day, leaving you time to remove them when you eat. No foods are off-limits with Invisalign. 

Using Invisalign to close gaps in teeth improves oral hygiene and can boost your confidence and self-esteem. 

Invisalign can transform your smile. Each situation is unique. Dr. Barrera will create the best and most appropriate treatment plan to achieve your goals. To learn more about Invisalign and to get started, give us a call to schedule a consultation or book online today. A new smile awaits.

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