Gapped Teeth Correction
How To Fix a Gap in Teeth Without Braces
Invisible aligners, like traditional metal braces, work to straighten out common teeth misalignment issues. Unlike traditional metal braces, however, aligners are more cost-efficient, more convenient, and typically faster, depending on what a patient needs to have corrected. So the gap(s) in your teeth that have always driven you crazy? Chances are good that aligners can take care of it.
Clear aligners are made of a thin, flexible plastic material that’s molded to fit snugly against your teeth. They apply pressure to shift your teeth over time, gradually straightening them out for a smile you can be proud of. Invisible aligners are quickly securing their place as a more appealing alternative to traditional braces, and for good reason.
Not All Gaps Are Equal
Teeth straightening varies on a case-by-case basis, and the type of gap(s) affecting your teeth makes a difference in how your invisible aligners remediate them. In some instances, gaps are caused by teeth that are too small, and can only be addressed once those teeth are “bonded,” or made bigger. Check out the different types of tooth gaps below:
Type of Gap
Cause and Correction
Between side and front teeth
When front incisors are skinnier than normal, they can cause gaps. In some cases, the teeth may need to be “bonded” to close the gaps. In less severe cases, invisible aligners can close them.
Between front teeth
One of the most common gap issues, spaces in between front teeth can be caused when the teeth are smaller-than-average, or by a small piece of fleshy gum in between the teeth called a frenulum. Once the frenulum is removed, aligners can properly close the gap that’s left behind.
Sometimes, a patient never loses their baby canines, or one or both are missing entirely. Just as bonding can rebuild small incisors, canines can be bulked up or rebuilt to fill in the empty space. Invisible aligners can then finish closing the gap.
Between all teeth
If all of a patient’s teeth are too small, or don’t align in relation to the jaw, these types of gaps can be closed with aligners. This may prove more difficult if there are bigger gaps in the top teeth versus the bottom teeth, causing severe misalignment.
Problems Caused By Gapped Teeth
A perfect smile isn’t the only reason orthodontists seek to close the gaps in their patients’ teeth (though that’s a good enough reason by itself). Contrary to flash articles lauding gapped teeth as “awesome” and “trendy,” and celebrities and models using their gaps as trademark features, serious issues can lurk between those empty spaces. Here are only a few:
More space in between teeth leaves more room for residue and plaque to coalesce. This provides a prime environment for bacteria to hunker down and wreak havoc on your teeth, setting patients on the path to dentures well before their time.
Gaps between teeth make it easy for food to get trapped, and even with consistent oral hygiene habits, it’s easy for debris to get left behind. Food can breed bacteria and break down your teeth’s protective enamel, causing cavities and far deeper-rooted issues.
As a direct result of excess plaque and food buildup, congealed bacteria can breed within the spaces of gapped teeth and break down enamel. This causes premature tooth decay, and can happen at an alarming rate if left unaddressed for too long.
Believe it or not, gapped teeth can often lead to speech problems such as lisps and poor articulation. When the gaps are closed, it can remediate some of these impediments and provide an easier speech pattern for the patient.
Trust Smilelove’s Expertise
When it comes to teeth, there’s never truly a “quick fix”; and with good reason. Your teeth are valuable—not only are they part of your first impression, but they also play an imperative role in speech and eating. Fixing a gap in your teeth with invisible aligners is about as quick as it gets, and as discussed above the process is designed with convenience in mind.
Smilelove’s directive is to optimize that convenience, tailoring the straightening process to your particular needs from start to finish. You’ll make your teeth impressions in the comfort of your own home, and soon after will receive a customized straightening kit designed by professional orthodontists. From there, it couldn’t be simpler—follow your plan and switch your aligners out on schedule, and you’ll have everything straightened out in no time.
Why trust Smilelove? Because we’re as invested in your smile as you are. Read more about why we’re the best in the business here.