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Spaces Between Teeth – Portage, IN

Creating a Beautiful Smile by Closing the Gaps

Invisalign aligner

Is the camera your enemy? Do you hate the idea of engaging in conversation with others for fear they’ll see the gap between your two front teeth? It’s no surprise that individuals who have spaces between their teeth tend to avoid social gatherings and time in front of the camera. Not only are these gaps embarrassing, but they can actually have a negative impact on your oral health. Thankfully, Advanced Dental Concepts has a way to help people with these gaps – Invisalign in Portage! If you’re wondering if you might be a qualified candidate for this treatment method, call and schedule a consultation with one of our highly-skilled dentists today!

Why Do My Teeth Have Gaps?

A woman with a small gap between her two front teeth

While it would be nice to pinpoint exactly why a person’s teeth become gapped, there are actually numerous explanations. From alignment problems to overcrowded teeth, a person’s gap can range from small to oversized and are frequently caused by:

  • Sucking your thumb or using a pacifier as a child
  • Gum disease
  • Missing teeth
  • Small teeth
  • A large frenulum

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?

A woman smiling in the dentist chair

It might seem as if Invisalign is a great go-to solution for any and all bite alignment, spacing, and overcrowding issues; however, that’s not always true. Depending on the size of your gap, you might benefit from other forms of treatment such as cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers, both of which can easily hide small gaps.

However, large gaps do typically qualify for Invisalign treatment and might be the right solution for you as long as:

  • You are committed to wearing your aligners 20-22 hours each day
  • Are interested in achieving results fast
  • Want a more discreet form of treatment
  • You will commit to maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping your dental appointments

How Does Invisalign Work?

A person putting in their Invisalign aligners

Unlike traditional metal braces that use brackets and wires to straighten your teeth, Invisalign are clear aligners that gently shift your teeth in the desired direction. Before your aligners are even created, we will take an impression of your mouth. This will serve as a guide in determining how your teeth will move throughout your treatment. Using this information, dental lab technicians will craft your aligners, which are ready in only a few short weeks.

Once you receive your aligners, you will need to commit to wearing them 20-22 hours each day. After an allotted amount of time that will be set by a cosmetic dentist in Portage, which is typically 1-2 weeks, you will switch out your aligners for the next set in the series. Over time, you’ll begin to notice a difference in your smile and see your teeth become more aligned and the gaps begin to close.

Upon completion of your treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth from shifting back into their original place. We will instruct you as to how long you’ll need to wear your retainer.

Benefits of Invisalign

A young woman smiling

  • Clear, plastic trays allow you to have a discreet and subtle treatment
  • Smooth aligners prevent irritation to your soft tissues
  • Milder treatment allows teeth to gently shift instead of harsh wire tightening
  • Cleaning is easy with just a toothbrush, clear soap, and warm water
  • Treatment is over in 8 to 18 months, unlike 2 to 3 years with traditional braces