It’s common knowledge that smiling provides some meaningful benefits. Smiling can alleviate stress and improve your mood, for example. If you’re unhappy with your smile, you may be missing out on those benefits. In fact, your smile may be a source of stress rather than stress relief. Just as alarmingly, your smile may negatively impact your self-esteem as well as your self-confidence. If you work with people face-to-face, your smile may have an undesired influence on your career, too.

There’s no reason for you not to enjoy the benefits of smiling. And there’s certainly no reason for your smile – perfect, imperfect or otherwise – to negatively influence any aspect of your life. Thanks to Invisalign, there’s now a way to fix a smile you’re unhappy with in a non-invasive way that’s not overly obvious to onlookers.

What Are Gap Teeth?

Gap teeth are a common reason some people are unhappy with their smile. Also referred to as spacing issues, “gap teeth” refers to instances in which a person has extra space between at least two of their teeth.

Diastema is the medical term for gapped teeth. The term applies to both small gaps and larger ones. While smaller gaps can often be treated with veneers or bonding, larger ones typically require a different approach. Invisalign clear aligners have emerged as a popular treatment for gap teeth in recent years.

The Causes of Gap Teeth

Gapped teeth can be the result of a number of things. Here are some of the common causes of gap teeth:

  • Gum disease
  • Thumb sucking or the use of a pacifier
  • Having unusually small teeth or a large frenulum
  • Tongue thrust
  • Missing teeth

The Potential Consequences of Gapped Teeth

For many people, the biggest consequence of having gap teeth is being self-conscious of their smile. While that consequence is certainly bad enough, it’s not the only one diastema can yield. The condition can also create pockets between your teeth and gums where food can become lodged.

Gapped teeth can also cause you to have gums that are tender, sore and uncomfortable. Over time, people will spacing issues may also suffer from gum disease as a result of their gapped teeth.

Invisalign Treatment for Diastema

As we mentioned earlier, Invisalign aligners can be used to treat gap teeth. Invisalign clear aligners fix gapped teeth by gently pushing teeth into proper position over time. Invisalign aligners are like clear braces that aren’t nearly as obvious as traditional metal braces.

Whereas conventional braces normally force people to avoid certain foods, Invisalign aligners have no dietary restrictions because you’ll remove them when you eat. While you’ll have to check in with your Invisalign-trained dentist or orthodontist during your treatment, you won’t have to visit your medical provider as often as you would with metal braces.

Treat Your Gap Teeth with Invisalign from Clearsmile Orthodontics

Dr. Colin Webb has been treating gap teeth and a host of other dental issues with Invisalign clear aligners for years. Invisalign treatment by Clearsmile Orthodontics is an affordable way to give yourself the gift of your best smile.

To get your best smile, contact Clearsmile Orthodontics to schedule a consultation now.