June 19, 2020
If you have ever wondered “Can Invisalign fix my gap teeth?” you are in the right place. The quick answer is yes, in most cases, Invisalign trays are very effective in correcting gap teeth.
Let’s take a deeper look though. Consider requesting a free virtual consultation with Webb Orthodontics while we explore more about gap teeth.
Understanding Gap Teeth
Gap teeth have a formal name, although it rarely receives mention outside of the orthodontist’s office. The medical term is diastema. The quick definition is “…a space or gap between two teeth.”
The phenomena are quite normal in children, but less frequent in adults. Most often seen in the front, between the top incisors, gap teeth can also affect back teeth. The first step in the treatment of gap teeth is to determine the cause.
Common causes of gap teeth:
- Small-sized teeth for jaw size
- Gum tissue overgrowth
- Thumb-sucking or other external causes
In some cases, gap teeth will shift and correct themselves over time. When that doesn’t happen, several problems can occur:
- Food gets trapped between gaps
- Inadequate cleaning can cause tender gums
- Tooth decay and gum disease may result
When discovered early, an orthodontist will often recommend the least invasive method of correction. Sometimes minor oral surgery to remove excess gum tissue is enough. The removal will allow the teeth to shift naturally. In more serious cases, the dentist may recommend a treatment plan involving braces or Invisalign corrective trays.
Can Invisalign Fix My Gap Teeth?
Invisalign can be very effective in correcting most gap teeth alignment problems. The only way to know for sure is to consult with an orthodontist.
Fortunately, Webb Orthodontics makes that an easy process with their free virtual consultation. Simply fill out the online form and upload images of your teeth. Webb associates will contact you with an assessment and recommended treatment plan. If you have questions or need assistance for this process, use the chat feature for quick answers during normal business hours.
What to Expect With an Invisalign Treatment Plan
After you have submitted the virtual consultation form you may still have questions about how Invisalign trays work. Traditional braces are affixed to your teeth and use wires to reposition and align teeth.
Invisalign trays are a series of clear trays custom fit to your teeth. The trays are almost invisible and are worn over your teeth for 20 to 22 hours a day. You will receive a new computer-generated tray approximately every two weeks. In some cases, treatment can last as few as six weeks but more commonly takes around one year.
While wearing your Invisalign trays, you do everything that you normally would during the day. Removing trays for meals means no restrictions on what you can eat during treatment. Trays should be thoroughly cleaned in the morning and evening. You should brush your teeth normally after meals before reinserting the tray.
It really is that simple. What are you waiting for?
Start Your Virtual Consultation Now
There are several ways to get a consultation from Webb Orthodontics. We discussed the virtual consultation process earlier. You may also call the office to schedule an in-person complimentary consultation at (704) 364-7343.
Before your appointment, you can download, print, and fill out necessary patient forms. This will make your first appointment less stressful. You can also use the email contact form to request an appointment.