When Gapped Teeth Become More than a Cosmetic Concern

When Gapped Teeth Become More than a Cosmetic Concern

Many people struggle with diastema, or gapped teeth. While some people learn to love their widely spaced smile, a particularly generous gap between teeth might become a problem later in life. Whether you want your gap gone for aesthetic reasons or you’re concerned about its severity, an orthodontist can help. 

At ChapmanSmiles Orthodontics in Happy Valley, Clackamas, Oregon, orthodontist Dr. Gary Chapman offers both braces and clear aligners, either of which can help rectify gaps in your smile.

When gapped teeth become a problem 

Many people choose to get their gapped teeth corrected because of cosmetic concerns. It can be difficult to show off your smile if you have gapped teeth, and both children and adults alike can be self-conscious about having diastema. 

However, gaps in the teeth can also cause physical problems, including: 

An orthodontist gives you options, and it’s never too late to get your teeth brought into the correct position. Having gaps in your teeth addressed doesn’t just provide you with a more even and aesthetically pleasing smile. You’ll be free from the frustration of getting things stuck between your teeth, struggling to floss effectively, and suffering from bad breath because of wayward food particles.

Correcting gapped teeth

In some cases, small gaps in the smile can be harmless, and some cultures even consider them good luck. If the gap in your child’s smile isn’t closing, or if you have concerns about a wide gap in your own smile, orthodontic treatment at ChapmanSmiles can help you find solutions. 

For children, traditional braces might be the best approach. Young children can’t keep track of clear aligners, and it’s important that you take them out while eating and keep them in while sleeping and going about your day. 

Teenagers and adults can benefit from clear Invisalign® or Spark™ aligners, which are almost impossible for other people to spot. As long as you take care of your aligners, switch them on schedule, and keep them in for 22 hours out of every 24, you’ll typically see your teeth shift into place in a matter of months. 

To learn more and get your gapped teeth evaluated, schedule a consultation with Dr. Chapman by calling ChapmanSmiles at 503-659-5000, or request an appointment online

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