Diastema or gaps between your teeth can develop on any tooth but are more noticeable between the upper front teeth. Gaps between the teeth affect both children and adults.
The severity of the gaps differs from person to person; some are minor, while others are very noticeable. Though they are not a dental problem, some people may find the gaps unattractive and would want to fix them.
There is no specific cause of gaps in between the teeth. But, there are several contributing factors, such as:
Treatment may not be necessary because diastema poses no harm unless the cause is gum disease. In this case, our dentist may recommend other treatments like scaling and root planning or bone graft to rectify the problem.
For some people, however, this is nothing more than a cosmetic problem. If you need to close the gaps, our cosmetic dentistry in Meadowvale might be the best treatment.
Braces are the best treatment, and there are several types available. However, we use Invisalign to correct and reposition your teeth.
Invisalign aligners are clear braces made from a thermoplastic material. These braces are nearly invisible and are customized to fit your dental structure.
Unlike the traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are gentle on your gums.
Invisalign treatment is done in phases. On your initial appointment, the dentist will examine your teeth and create a plan for your treatment. The dentist scans your teeth to create a digital impression for making fitting braces. She will then determine the pressure to be applied to the teeth and the treatment duration using dental software.
At the beginning of the treatment, the dentist will give you a set of aligners that are to be worn for 22 hours for 14 days each set. The benefit of using Invisalign is that it gives you the liberty to eat whatever you want as long as you remove them.
During your treatment, you will need regular dental visits to assess and monitor the progress of the treatment.
The Invisalign treatment may last between 12 and 18 months, depending on the severity of the problem. It is important to consult on the treatment duration before getting Invisalign near you.
After the treatment is done, the dentist will give you a retainer to maintain the teeth straightening results. Without the retainer, the teeth may revert.
Invisalign aligners offer great benefits, including:
Invisalign needs discipline for the treatment to be successful. Here are a few tips:
Visit Forest Park Dental Arts for more information on Invisalign braces and how they can benefit you.