Mild to moderate gaps between teeth are common and don’t necessarily require orthodontic treatment, unless they’re a cosmetic concern. But if your gaps are significant and the result of orthodontic problems, ignoring them may affect your oral health as well as your self-esteem.
If you have gaps in your smile but don’t want to get traditional braces, Invisalign may be the answer for you, depending on your circumstances.
Invisalign works similar to traditional braces, with a few key differences. Rather than using brackets and wires, the Invisalign system consists of a series of custom-designed, removable clear aligner trays.
Invisalign gently shifts your teeth into the correct alignment over time, so it can close gaps in your smile in many cases.
If you have gaps in your teeth or any issues with your smile that you’d like to correct, the first step is to schedule a consultation. Our dentists provide a comprehensive dental exam and evaluation and recommend the best treatment option for your needs.
Invisalign treats common bite and alignment issues like crowding, overbite, and some gaps and spaces between your teeth.
But some orthodontic problems may be too severe for Invisalign to treat successfully, in which case we may recommend traditional braces.
If we determine that Invisalign is your best option, you wear each set of trays for approximately two weeks as you progress through your treatment. On a daily basis, you keep these clear aligner trays in for 20-22 hours, removing them to brush and floss and to eat.
The time it takes to get the results you desire may be shorter with Invisalign than with traditional braces. A typical treatment period is 12-18 months, depending on the severity of your condition.
It’s never too late to invest in your smile and your oral health. Invisalign is available for teenagers and adults. The discreet nature of Invisalign makes it the ideal option for adults who may be hesitant to commit to traditional braces.
The first step is to schedule an appointment for a dental exam and consultation. We offer free Invisalign scans during new patient exams. If you have underlying oral health issues like cavities or gum disease, we may recommend treating them first before your orthodontic treatment.
If Invisalign is not the right option for you, there are several orthodontic options we may recommend to fix your smile and improve your oral health.
For more information about how Invisalign works and whether it’s a good option for you, contact us at Arden Dental Group today to schedule an appointment at our office in the greater Asheville, North Carolina, area.