Hi Doctor Kamel,
I have a large gap between a couple of my front teeth. I also have some smaller gaps between a couple of my other teeth, but they aren’t as bad. My last dentist recommended that I get braces instead of veneers or something else to cover up the spaces – he said it would look more natural. So I guess what I want to know is if Invisalign can fix gapped teeth?
I completely agree with your dentist – straightening your teeth can sometimes give you better aesthetics than just covering them up with a crown, veneer or bonding. If your gap is wide enough, a cosmetic restoration would just make your teeth look too bulky. Instead, moving the teeth together fixes the problem without performing unnecessary dental work.
Closing Gaps Between Teeth with Invisalign
In all honesty, Invisalign is excellent for closing the spaces and gaps between teeth. It’s one of the things that these clear braces are known for! Without any type of brackets or wires, the clear aligners gently guide your teeth toward each other using mild pressure.
You will change your aligners out every two weeks to continue the tooth movement – and in a relatively conservative amount of time, all of your gaps will be closed.
Sometimes the gaps between your teeth are caused by muscle tissue or gum disease. If muscle tissue is to blame, it could be pushing the teeth further apart due to the tightness of the fibers in that area. What we’ll do is examine your teeth carefully to determine if this is the case.
If it is, I usually recommend quickly snipping the muscle between those teeth. Doing so helps your teeth move together more quickly, and not bounce back out of place after your Invisalign treatment is over.
Now, let’s say your gaps are due to gum disease. If this is the case, you may experience tooth movement due to bone loss, or have wider spaces because of the gum tissues receding.
We’ll want to be sure that this isn’t the case. Fortunately, straightening your teeth and closing gaps can help you avoid problems like gum disease and tooth decay, as it makes it easier for you to keep your teeth clean.
Kyle, I really think you’ll be happy with how great Invisalign works to close gapped teeth, regardless of where those gaps are at in your mouth. Plus it saves you from bulky, unnecessary dental restorations like crowns or veneers.
We’ll just want to see what the cause of the gaps are, so that we can take appropriate steps during your orthodontic treatment to make the process more streamlined. Wearing Invisalign to close your wide spaces is usually much more comfortable than treating your smile with traditional braces.
I’ve had several people just like you, who have used Invisalign to close large gaps between their two front teeth or in other areas of their smile. Please call my office so that we can set up a quick consultation and I can show you some examples of people with smiles just like yours. I’ll talk with you soon!