It’s a known fact that smiling can alleviate stress and improve your mood. However, if you are unhappy with your smile, you are most likely missing out on these benefits, and your smile could be negatively affecting your self-esteem.
With the advances in technology and Roanoke orthodontics today, there is no reason for you not to enjoy the benefits of smiling. Nor is there a reason for your smile, perfect or not, to impact any aspect of your life. Thanks to an aligning system called Invisalign, there is now a solution to fixing your smile in a discreet, non-invasive way.
What Are Gap Teeth?
Gap teeth, medically known as diastema, are spaces between teeth that can form anywhere in the mouth but are generally noticeable in the front teeth. Some teeth gaps or spaces are barely noticeable.
Other gaps are larger and might become a cosmetic issue for some people. Diastema or Gap Teeth affects both adults and children. In children, gaps may disappear once their permanent teeth grow.
Is It Worth Fixing My Gap Teeth?
Having gaps in your teeth could increase the risk of oral disease. Dental health professionals might recommend treatment to improve your oral health. However, this is not the only reason behind a person’s desire to correct the problem.
In today’s digital age, social media has become an integral part of our everyday lives and is often responsible for portraying an ‘ideal’ body image. Therefore, it’s no surprise that people are looking for ways to change how they look to avoid losing confidence in themselves.
Several studies have found that our oral health plays an essential role in our mental well-being and, ultimately, affects our self-esteem. Humans are visual creatures; hence, when you smile, chances are people will remember your teeth the most.
If you look at any magazine, tv, or otherwise, you will notice that as a society, we are enamored with perfect “pearly whites”.
Aside from the unrealistic expectations we have, the real problem begins when we let small imperfections affect our life.
So the answer is YES; it’s completely worth fixing the gap in your teeth if the gap you have, whether big or small, affects your overall self-esteem.
Is There Any Solution to Decrease the Gap Between My Teeth?
Dental habits, the size of your teeth and mouth, and genetics can all play a part in the unwanted development of gaps between your teeth. Whatever the reason for the gap, the good news is that you can consider several options to correct them.
First, let’s take a look at the cosmetic options available. Porcelain Veneers are one option to closing the gap. Veneers are thin, custom-made layers of material that get permanently bonded to the front of your teeth. They reflect similarly to natural tooth enamel, and they won’t irritate your gums; they don’t chip easily and are stain-resistant.
Next comes composite bonding. A dental health professional can usually carry out the procedure in just one visit. It’s a fast and effective way to fix minor cosmetic issues such as small gaps. We make sure to match the composite resin to your tooth’s natural color and shape it to appear like part of your natural teeth.
Bonding is less invasive than veneers and is usually a speedy procedure. If you are looking for an orthodontic solution to your gap teeth, keep reading, we have the perfect permanent treatment for you.
Can Invisalign Be Used to Fix Gaps?
The answer is simple: ABSOLUTELY! Think of Invisalign as the Rock Star of orthodontic treatment, top-notch, virtually painless, and permanent! The perfect solution to closing the gap that’s been bothering you for years, without anyone even noticing you are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment.
You won’t have to worry anymore about spending endless amounts of time trying to floss or brush correctly in between your braces’ wires or about which foods you can or can’t eat.
Unlike traditional metal braces, which tend to be invasive and can even irritate the inside of your mouth, Invisalign is a system of completely clear, removable aligners that are custom-made for each patient and their specific situation.
We use 3D imaging and state-of-the-art technology to design sets of Invisalign trays that will fit your current smile and treatment objectives. Think of each retainer as a tray that gently shifts your teeth over time into the correct position.
You will use a new retainer approximately every two weeks, depending on the instructions provided by your orthodontist. Additionally, you should wear your Invisalign retainers for 20-22 hours a day.
Patients LOVE that Invisalign is removable and overly comfortable. Patients can take them off to eat, brush, and floss. You could even temporarily remove them if you have a special event coming up, such as a wedding, interview, or just taking a couple of great photos with friends and family.
Talk to a Professional Now!
Still, make sure you talk to your orthodontist first and avoid developing the habit of removing your Invisalign aligners and forgetting to put them back in. With Invisalign®, your million-dollar smile is waiting for you just around the corner at your local, trusted orthodontic practice.
We hope to see you soon!