20 Jun Widely Spaced Teeth: Is Invisalign an option?
In the ideal smile, the teeth should all touch each other without crowding. In some patients, a misalignment means that the teeth overlap or are crooked. On the other end of the spectrum, patients may have teeth that are too far apart from each other. This phenomenon can occur when a tooth is missing or when the jaw grows too quickly, leaving more space than needed for the teeth to erupt.
In addition to detracting from the smile’s appearance, widely spaced teeth can trap food particles left behind after meals. Those tiny little tidbits can become a feast for the bacteria that live in the mouth, which cause various oral diseases.
Whether the patient has just one gap that needs to be closed or a number of widely, unevenly spaced teeth, the orthodontic system known as Invisalign can help.
Invisalign is a popular option for patients who don’t want their smiles obscured by unattractive metal appliances while they’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. It repositions the teeth using a series of clear, removable plastic trays. [pullquote]Whether the patient has just one gap that needs to be closed or a number of widely, unevenly spaced teeth, the orthodontic system known as Invisalign can help.[/pullquote]
Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth, and your Invisalign trays will be designed based on that information. The trays exert forces on widely spaced teeth to bring them closer to each other.
The trays are fashioned so that the forces are applied to the teeth in a sequential manner. Patients swap the old tray for a new one every other week or so, and over the course of 12-18 months, a new, properly aligned smile emerges.
Invisalign patients enjoy more convenience than those who opt for conventional orthodontic treatment. The trays can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing, which means that there are no dietary restrictions for these patients. They don’t have to alter their oral hygiene routines, either.
If you want to improve the appearance of a smile with widely spaced teeth in the Round Rock area, contact Balcones Family Dental to see if Invisalign might be an option for you.