Gaps between teeth or widely spaced teeth are common things for all people regardless. When children have gaps it is not an issue, more a sign of growth. Adults and teenagers on the other hand should see a professional to ensure there is not an underlying issue that may cause health issues. In this post, we’ll take you through what gaps between teeth mean and how you can fix the issue. Let’s get going.
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Reasons For Widely Spaced Teeth
Sometimes gaps are a genetic issue, or they can be a medical issue. If you notice gaps appearing in your mouth as an adult, it is important to see an expert as this may be a serious health concern. It may be an underlying issue with the jaw or gums or bone structure.
In children, gaps in teeth can be a congenital condition. This will need sorting as soon as an orthodontist deems it necessary. Whether an adult or a child, discovering the reason behind the gaps is important. Knowing why can help alleviate the fear of more serious issues. After which an ortho can correct misalignment issues.
You may think gaps between teeth are good for oral health. Your teeth may be straight and true-looking but the gaps can lead to food becoming stuck. Flossing and brushing may only rid the mouth of some food particles.
When food particles are stuck between teeth for a prolonged period, cavities appear leading to gum disease. This is a serious issue and needs to be addressed. Having braces treatment can fix the gaps and help reduce bad oral health as things that cause cavities are reduced. Oral diseases are then reduced.
Digestion starts in the mouth. This is where food is broken down by chewing. The ability to chew the food to a degree that aids digestion is important. Your stomach needs help in this process by giving it food substances that are ready to be digested, rather than unchewed food that needs more work to break down. Misaligned teeth or teeth with gaps between them make that process difficult.
Your digestive system will then be overloaded and work at a reduced rate
Badly positioned teeth mean the food entering the digestive system is larger and resembles chunks. Your digestive system will then be overloaded and work at a reduced rate causing issues like indigestion. Even issues with the organs. After correcting the gaps and bite of your teeth, this digestive process is aided. Thus, fewer occurrences of indigestion.
Aligners Won’t Affect Your Diet
Invisalign is a good way to ensure good oral and gut health. The plastic retainer-type devices are removable. This helps you keep a good oral health routine allowing for healthy gums and teeth.
Bad oral health affects not only your mouth but your whole body. Bacteria in the mouth extends to the rest of the body. Periodontitis is linked to many health concerns including respiratory issues and heart complications, all of which affect the health over the life span of the person.
Treating Gaps or Widely Spaced Teeth
In these modern times, orthodontics is accessible and affordable. Not to mention less painful and embarrassing as the times of old-fashioned ‘train tracks.’ Consulting an expert is key to good oral health and overall health. A consultation with an expert will discover any issues of the gums, jaws, teeth and bite.
There are lots of treatments to choose from. Your lifestyle need not be affected. Let’s investigate those below.
The Damon System provided is a new way to straighten your teeth. While it’s similar in nature to traditional braces, there are some distinct differences. For instance, these appliances are self-ligating. With self-ligating braces, the wires in the brackets slide on their own as the teeth move.
You or your child won’t need to have the brackets tightened. Adjustments are also a thing of the past. One of the primary benefits of not having adjustments that cause discomfort and pain. Since self-ligating wires slide, you will be more comfortable throughout the straightening process.
One thing that makes Invisalign unique is the designing of the liners involves the use of a 3-Dimension computer imaging program that duplicates the precise positioning of the teeth so as to determine how they need to be placed.
The computer program then uses this copy to make a 3-D print. It uses a plastic material that is thin but durable. The print is now used to make the liners that are used for the straightening of the teeth.
Along with computer imaging comes smartphone communication. Invisalign allows you to self-scan at home and send the images directly to the orthodontic software that holds your X-Ray scans. This means you can stay ready by the phone for a cheery message to move to the next aligner.
Remember, orthodontic treatment will correct any gaps and wide spaces in your teeth. This is once treatment is in motion and completed, not to mention a boost of confidence. You’ll also be able to have better oral hygiene and avoid problems like TMJ disorders. Dr. Gluck is here for you to bring out the best in your smile. Make your appointment today.
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