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Are Gaps Between My Teeth a Cause for Concern?

Are Gaps Between My Teeth a Cause for Concern?

Invisalign® treatment is among the most popular options for straightening teeth and eliminating gaps. Gaps in teeth can become a cause for concern when eating becomes painful, teeth begin shifting, or an infection is present.

The dental experts at CaliDental offer Invisalign treatment at their offices in Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, and Lompoc, California. Using a series of clear plastic customized aligners allows you to optimize oral health and achieve the smile you've always wanted without dealing with metal brackets and wires. 

Advantages of eliminating tooth gaps

Fixing tooth gaps helps preserve your dental health and significantly benefits your overall well-being. These are just a few reasons to consider eliminating gaps in teeth.

Enhance your smile

You might consider Invisalign to enhance your smile if you have a gap between your front teeth. But straightening your teeth and removing gaps isn’t only an aesthetic choice; it also prevents future dental conditions that can be painful and costly. 

A front tooth gap can cause spacing or crowding issues in the rest of your mouth, preventing neighboring teeth from growing in correctly. This causes tooth alignment issues and bite problems that lead to pain, disease, and many other issues.

Avoid pain

Gaps in your mouth make it difficult to enjoy your favorite foods because gum tissue is delicate and sensitive. It might be too painful to chew, drink, or talk. Invisalign helps permanently relieve your pain and allows you to eat, drink, and speak without issue. 

Tooth gaps or misaligned teeth can also cause jaw pain or increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. It may be time to seek a professional evaluation at CaliDental if you have chronic or intermittent jaw pain or crooked teeth along with tooth gaps.

Prevent disease

Leaving gaps in the mouth untreated can lead to gum disease. Your teeth naturally attempt to migrate towards one another to fill in gaps in your mouth, causing shifting teeth to become crooked. Crooked teeth create smaller gaps that are even more challenging to clean. 

By making flossing difficult, the tooth gaps create pockets of bacteria that can cause infected and inflamed gums. Crowded teeth can make it difficult to properly clean each tooth, which can cause plaque to build up in the mouth. 

With your personalized Invisalign treatment plan, you eliminate existing tooth gaps and straighten any teeth that might cause future dental issues, like inflamed gums, that lead to gum disease and eventual tooth loss.

How Invisalign works

The Invisalign procedure uses transparent plastic aligners to realign your teeth and reshape your smile gradually. These removable aligners are made of specialized SmartTrack® material and are custom fitted for your mouth using a 3D image scan to ensure a great fit and maximize your comfort. 

By applying pressure to your teeth over time, Invisalign aligners work similarly to traditional orthodontic braces. CaliDental will discuss your treatment plan with you after we fit you for your first aligner. As your teeth gradually shift into place, you'll get new aligners every one or two weeks, and you'll have regular dental checkups.

If you have gaps in your teeth but don’t want to deal with uncomfortable or unsightly traditional orthodontic braces for months, consider Invisalign treatment. Call the CaliDental office nearest you to talk more about treatment options.

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