Orthodontist Treatment Options to Close Gaps Between Teeth

Orthodontist Treatment Options to Close Gaps Between Teeth from Richard R. Gallagher DDS MSD MSE PhD Inc. in Gilroy, CAAn orthodontist can close gaps between teeth by pulling teeth into a better alignment via braces or clear aligners. Read on to learn about how orthodontists address gaps. Some may also provide dental bonding or veneers as an alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment as a way to close small gaps between teeth.

How an orthodontist can close gaps between teeth

It is helpful to understand your treatment options for closing teeth gaps before your visit with an orthodontist. During the first visit, they can explain each treatment option in greater detail and make a professional recommendation as to which solution is most appropriate for your specific situation and goals.

Metal braces

Metal braces are the most traditional method of correcting teeth and jaw alignment concerns. This method is proven to work for all types of malocclusions, regardless of severity. This makes them ideal for more severe misalignments that may not be able to be corrected through alternative solutions. The drawback to metal braces is that they are highly visible to others. They are also not removable. Regular visits to have the braces tightened are required throughout the treatment process, which typically takes around two years to complete.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces work in the same way as traditional braces and involve brackets and wires. However, they use ceramic material rather than metal. This makes them more transparent and harder for other people to notice, which is ideal for older teenagers and adults that want a more discreet form of orthodontic treatment.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are also a discreet method of braces. Instead of attaching to the front of teeth like traditional braces, they attach to the back of the teeth. This means they are not as noticeable as traditional braces, although applying them is far more challenging. Consequently, they often cost more than traditional braces.

Clear aligners

Clear aligners are removable appliances that move teeth into an ideal position over time. They are also transparent and essentially invisible to others while they are worn. While they are removable, clear aligners should be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours each day; they must also be cleaned regularly. The drawback to clear aligners is that they are not available to patients with more severe gaps between teeth.

Dental veneers and bonding

Minor gaps between teeth do not always require braces or clear aligner treatment. For many, veneers or bonding are an option. These alternative solutions fill in the extra space between teeth. Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are customized in a lab and bonded over the existing surface of teeth. Dental bonding involves bonding a tooth-colored material to the surface of visible teeth to close the appearance of gaps.

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