Spaces Between Teeth – Arlington Heights, IL
Creating New Smiles by Closing the Gaps
Did you know there is another solution for closing the gaps in your smile that does not require metal brackets or wires? If you are tired of hiding behind your hand each time you smile, let Westgate Dental Care offer an alternative method of treatment – Invisalign in Arlington Heights. Using clear, plastic aligners, you can see a noticeable difference in your smile in less time than it takes with traditional braces. If you are ready to learn more about Invisalign, contact us to schedule a consultation today!
Why Are My Teeth Gapped?
Unfortunately, there is not only one reason that can cause gapped teeth. In fact, there are many causes, and some may simply be because of your genetic makeup. Some of the most common reasons for gapped teeth include:
- As a child, you sucked your thumb or used a pacifier
- You have missing teeth
- Your teeth are smaller than normal
- The frenulum is large
- You experience tongue thrust
- Gum disease
Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?
Depending on the size of the gaps between your teeth, you may or may not be a candidate for Invisalign. Some patients find success with cosmetic dental procedures if the gap is small enough; however, for spaces that are considered “too large” for veneers or direct bonding, Invisalign can help. If any of the following pertain to you, Invisalign might just be the right form of treatment for you:
- You are committed to maintaining good oral hygiene
- Regular dental appointments will be a priority
- You want quick results
- To achieve straighter teeth, you are committed to sticking to your treatment plan
- You want to receive treatment that is discreet
How Does Invisalign Work?
In order to achieve a straighter smile in less time, you will need to adhere to the instructions of your orthodontist. During your initial consultation, we will take digital impressions of your teeth. This will serve as a guideline for the dental lab technicians to use when crafting your customized aligners. Once they are ready, you will be expected to wear your trays for 20-22 hours each day for 1-2 weeks at a time. Depending on the severity of your case, your dentist in Arlington Heights will explain when you should switch out your aligners.
When switching to the next set in the series, your teeth will begin to gently move in the right direction, putting you one step closer to a beautiful smile. In 12-18 months, you can expect the gaps in your smile to have closed.
After you are finished with Invisalign, it will be necessary for you to wear a retainer to keep your teeth from shifting back into their original position.
Benefits of Invisalign
Apart from their clear appearance, Invisalign will have you seeing a straighter smile in no time at all. When comparing the benefits of Invisalign to those of traditional braces, it is no wonder so many adults are choosing this clear, discreet method of treatment. In choosing Invisalign, you can expect:
- Easy to maintain aligners
- Treatment that is virtually undetectable by others
- Minimal discomfort
- No food or beverage restrictions
- No irritation to the soft tissues of your mouth
- Faster results in 12-18 months
- Fewer visits to the dentist office