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By Dwight D. Peccora, DDS on

A beautiful young woman with a perfect smile holding a clear aligner for upper teeth.

Straight teeth not only make your smile more beautiful, but they also promote oral health and function. Gapped teeth present their own unique challenges. For some, large spaces between the teeth interfere with proper chewing and harbor bacteria, leading to bad breath, discomfort, and more.

Invisalign can correct many of the same orthodontic problems as traditional braces. Here, our doctors at Fort Bend Dental, serving Missouri City, TX, Richmond, TX, and the greater Fort Bend County area, discuss Invisalign for gaps.

What Causes Gapped Teeth?

Like many dental issues, gapped teeth often run in families. If your parents and grandparents had spaces between their teeth, you are more likely to develop the same issue. Here are some specific reasons why gapped teeth may occur:

  • Small teeth: Some individuals are born with undersized teeth. This often causes the teeth to spread out and result in spacing issues.
  • Missing teeth: Congenitally missing teeth are hereditary as well. If an individual is born with missing teeth, then the adjacent teeth may spread out and lead to gaps.
  • Large frenum: The piece of tissue that connects your lip to your gums is called a labial frenum. If this tissue is too thick, it can push the teeth apart.
  • Gum disease: In some cases, spacing between the teeth is caused by periodontal disease. This is a result of bone deterioration, which can result in mobility and shifting.
  • Habits: Occasionally, gapped teeth may be caused by certain habits, such as tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, or prolonged bottle use during childhood.

Why Should I Correct Gapped Teeth?

It is easy to assume that gapped teeth are actually easier to clean. On the contrary, food frequently becomes stuck between these spaces. As a result, bacteria can thrive and lead to cavities and gum disease.

In addition, many individuals simply want to enhance the look of their smile. Invisalign can improve oral health, function, and appearance.

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

The reason many of our patients choose Invisalign over braces is because it is discreet. The aligners are made of clear thermoplastic, so they are barely noticeable. In contrast, metal braces use stainless steel brackets, bands, and wires to shift the teeth.

During a consultation at our practice, your dentist will determine if you qualify for Invisalign. Patients must be free from serious oral health issues, such as decay and periodontal disease. Furthermore, they must be committed to wearing the trays for at least 22 hours every day.

Every two weeks, you will upgrade your aligners to the next set. The subtle differences in the trays will gently move your teeth over time. Patients with gapped teeth will notice a dramatic difference as their teeth are shifted into their correct positions.

Learn More about Invisalign

If you have gaps or spaces in your teeth, Invisalign can close them and enhance your appearance. To learn more about this revolutionary treatment option, schedule a visit at Fort Bend Dental. Our team is always available to answer any questions you have regarding your potential treatment. Contact us online anytime or call us at (281) 499-3541 .

Posted on behalf of Fort Bend Dental

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