Spacing between teeth is a very common orthodontic issue that is easily treated with traditional braces, and in many cases, Invisalign. Gapped teeth can have an effect on a patient’s self-esteem and oral health. When teeth are spaced apart too far, it can affect the eruption of future teeth – especially wisdom teeth. This is because there is a lack of room for new teeth to emerge. In addition to providing traditional braces, our orthodontist offers Invisalign.
Why Orthodontic Treatment is Important
Having a straight smile has both aesthetic and oral health advantages. Possessing a straight smile will certainly improve your self-esteem and boost your level of confidence. On top of the aesthetic benefits, straight smiles improve oral health. This is because properly positioned teeth are easier to floss and brush. Those with crowded or overlapped teeth are more likely to develop tooth decay or periodontal disease. Improperly spaced teeth also pose threats to emerging teeth and can lead to teeth becoming “stuck” (impacted) in the gums. Impacted teeth tend to become abscessed and can produce painful symptoms.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign is a teeth-straightening system that utilizes clear aligners instead of fixed metal and wire braces. These oral appliances are made from pliable plastics that will not scrape or cut into the soft tissues of the mouth. By applying continuous pressure, Invisalign will gently shift teeth to healthier positions with time. Aligners are custom made to fit and every two weeks, a patient will swap their aligners out for a tighter set.
Advantages of Invisalign
When compared to traditional braces, Invisalign is unique. Since the aligners are removable, you can easily conduct oral hygiene and eat meals without obstruction. Another distinct advantage is the fact that the aligners are clear, making them much more discreet than traditional orthodontia. Like metal and wire braces, Invisalign corrects spaced and crooked teeth, too.
Since every person’s needs are different, the best way to ensure that Invisalign is right for you is to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist. At your appointment, our team will develop a custom treatment plan that meets your needs.