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Clear Aligners to Correct Spaces Between Teeth
If you have gaps in your teeth, then you might be considering getting clear aligners. These are good options for correcting the extra spaces between the teeth. There are several reasons that you might want to fix the gaps in your teeth. Keep reading to find out more about how your gaps can be corrected.
About gaps in the teeth
A gap, or a diastema, is an amount of extra space between the teeth. The two front teeth in the upper jaw are more likely to have gaps between them. Many children will have gaps once the primary teeth fall out. Usually, these are replaced with permanent teeth. But a tooth might not be able to properly erupt in some cases.
There could also be discrepancies in the size of the teeth, or the patient may have missing teeth. The labial frenum is the tissue that goes from the gum tissue of the upper teeth to the lip’s inside. Sometimes, this is too large, and it prevents the front teeth from growing close enough together. Sometimes, the teeth might protrude, which means the teeth can have gaps in them. Poorly aligned teeth might also have gaps in them.
Why fix gapped teeth?
Having gaps in the teeth can cause many potential issues. For instance, food particles can become stuck in the gap. These might not all come out with regular brushing and flossing. It is also harder to clean the teeth when there are gaps. That can cause plaque to form and eventually harden to tartar. Then bacteria can cause the teeth there to decay.
About clear aligners
A patient will get a set of clear aligners that will gradually move the teeth to the right position. These will be changed out every two weeks for a new set. When a new set is first put on, it will not fit quite right. But then the aligners will gradually adjust to better fit the teeth. Each set of aligners only moves the teeth a small amount. However, with enough sets of aligners, the teeth will soon be in the final positions.
The total length of the treatment might be around six months to two years, depending on the patient. At the end of the treatment, the patient will get a retainer that looks like the sets of aligners. The difference is that the retainer will fit the teeth properly from the beginning. The patient will only wear it at night to prevent the teeth from shifting to the old positions. The dentist will let the patient know the right amount of time to wear the retainer for.
Visit a dentist for clear aligners today
If you have gaps in your teeth, now is the time to see a dentist for a consultation. You can benefit from having healthier teeth and a more beautiful smile. Clear aligners are a more discreet option for a treatment. Making an appointment with a general dentist now is the first step you should take.
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