The Invisible Fix for Gapped TeethJuly 25, 2012
In the Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer introduced to literature the idea of gapped teeth and beauty in his description of the “gap-toothed Wife of Bath”. Since then, diastema has
been either a mark of beauty or to others, a problem to fix. In parts of Africa, diastema, a gap between the two upper front teeth is a mark of beauty. This has caught on in other parts of the world and in 2010’s Fashion Week in New York City, models like Lara Stone’s diastema was the talk of town.
However, not everyone wants to keep their gap on the front, nor is every gap between teeth necessarily a mark of beauty. Gaps in teeth can occur in different parts of the mouth as a result of malocclusion, TMJ, or teeth shifting over time, leaving gaps between teeth. If the shape of the individual teeth are correct and they are symmetric to their identical counterpart in the arch, with Invisalign they can be brought close together and easily retained so they won’t relapse. However, if the spacing is too severe or if the teeth are not beautiful to begin with, porcelain veneers are necessary to correct this defect.
Invisalign is a virtually invisible solution, so you can smile confidently both during treatment and after. Using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign gradually moves your teeth toward the smile you’ve always wanted. There are no rubberband, powerchains, wires or springs to poke your lip and cheek like in the traditional braces. And almost no one will know you’re wearing the clear unless you tell them.
Invisalign is comfortable to wear and easy to live with and for most patients are more comfortable to wear than traditional brackets. You visit your doctor every month or two to check your progression and get new aligners. Average treatment time is about a year. Unlike traditional braces, the aligners are removable, so you can continue to eat your favorite foods without food getting stuck between your teeth and braces. And you can brush and floss normally to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
For many of our adult patients, Invisalign has been a life changing procedure ending years of painful self-consciousness and trying to hide their crooked teeth. And for those teens who are even more self-conscious and concerned with how their friends perceive them, Invisalign clear braces has meant the difference between a painful adolescence and one that is full of the best kind of self-confidence , helping them grow into successful adults.
Many people believe that Invisalign is only effective at treating minor orthodontics issue. But the fact is that a broad range of cases, from overly crowded teeth and underbites to jaw problems and tooth misalignment can be successfully treated. Therefore, most patients are candidates for Invisalign. As a patient you should think of the Invisalign aligners and the traditional brackets as two different tools used to straighten teeth. In the right circumstance they are equally beneficial. In the hands of a skilled practitioner with the knowledge to know the difference and when worn according to your doctor’s recommendation, Invisalign can be as effective as traditional braces for many types of treatments.
The cost of Invisalign is comparable to that that of traditional braces. In our practice, financing options are available to you for as low as $100 a month.