Metal braces are one of the most effective ways to correct gaps in teeth, but they also have many drawbacks. Braces can irritate the cheeks and gums; trap food and plaque; and be a source of embarrassment for many adults who perceive them as childish. Fortunately, there are many ways to correct tooth gaps that are subtler and more comfortable. Below are just a few from our Statesville dentist office.
Clear aligners are an unobtrusive way to correct small gaps in the teeth. First, a cast will be made of your teeth as they are; then, a series of clear retainers will be made which gradually take the teeth closer and closer together. While invisalign tends to be expensive, it is often no more expensive than metal braces, and often preferred by more self-conscious patients. With clear aligners such as Invisalign, no one needs to know you are closing your dental gaps!
If the only problem with your gap is the aesthetic apperance, veneers are a great “instant fix” solution that can immediately conceal a gap without the need for realignment. Depending on the size and shape of your gap, your dentist will recommend porcelain or composite veneers. Then, he or she the veneers to the color of your teeth. Finally, depending on the size and shape of your gap, your dentist may fill any remaining open space with dental bonding material.
In some cases, it’s possible to close gaps with traditional metal braces that are placed on the back of your teeth. These brackets perform the same function as traditional braces without any of the embarrassment. While not the most comfortable or discreet option, metal braces typically work much faster than clear aligners, making this a great choice if you would like to close your gap by an upcoming deadline, such as your wedding.
In some cases, it may be possible for you to close your gap by wearing a retainer or similar dental apparatus at night. Instead of wearing brackets on your teeth all day, you would ideally straighten your teeth while you are at home or asleep. However, patients who choose this option typically have to wait very long to begin to see results. Another issue we often encounter is that of patients who remove the apparatus while they are sleeping.
All options on this list have unique benefits and drawbacks. The best method for you depends entirely on your lifestyle and preferences, as well as the size and shape of your gap. We’re sure that you want to know how long you will be wearing your new dental apparatus and what kind of results you can expect from it, but unfortunately, only your dentist can tell you that!
If you are looking for a viable alternative to traditional braces, contact the office of Dr. Robert Schmidt. Our trusted Statesville NC dentist will find you the best solution that delivers the best results for you! To schedule an appointment, click here.