Gaps between teeth can be a source of embarrassment for many people, but the good news is that they can be corrected. Clear aligners are an effective and discreet way to close gaps between teeth, and they can be used to treat mild to moderate crowding and spacing on the six front teeth. Depending on the size of the gap, treatment with clear aligners may take up to two years. Compared to traditional braces, clear aligners are more expensive and take longer to complete.
However, they offer a better chance of achieving the desired results. In addition, clear aligners can also help to straighten crooked teeth in the vicinity of the gap, resulting in a more attractive smile. In some cases, orthodontic surgery and a prosthesis may be necessary to correct the gap. Orthodontic treatment is usually done before prosthetic correction.
Both braces and Invisalign are effective at closing spaces between teeth when used by an experienced orthodontist. Invisalign is a revolutionary technology that uses clear plastic aligners to gradually move teeth into the correct position. The aligners are customized for each patient's teeth and are almost invisible when worn. Invisalign is comfortable, practical and discreet, making it a popular choice for those looking to close gaps between their teeth.
Your orthodontist will design each transparent aligner based on a modeling system that accurately predicts how to close each gap between your teeth. This means that the dentist can modify the clear aligners with elastics or Invisalign's “Smartforce” accessories to induce more precise dental movements. Clear aligners are much more discreet than traditional braces, but just as effective and, in some cases, even faster than braces. Many patients prefer treatment with Invisalign to close a gap as it is a subtle treatment that does not affect their appearance as much.