Spaces Between Teeth – Green Hills, TN

Eliminating Space For Healthier Smiles

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A young woman smiling and holding a clear aligner for Invisalign in Green Hills

Too much space between teeth can be a problem. Not only may you feel more self-conscious about your appearance, but you might also find there to be issues developing within your mouth as a result. At Advanced Dental Health Center, we want to eliminate this unnecessary space and give you a healthier, more beautiful smile that has you radiating with improved confidence. How can we help? With Invisalign in Green Hills. Instead of using traditional metal braces, these clear, plastic aligners can shift teeth into the proper position without the unsightly brackets and wires. To find out how you can get started, contact us today!

Why Are My Teeth Gapped?

A young woman wearing a black sweater and smiling showing off the gap between her two front teeth

It’s unlikely that you set out to have a large gap between your teeth. If you’re like most people, you would prefer to have beautifully aligned teeth that are spaced naturally and properly. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Teeth can become gapped for a variety of reasons, some of which include:

  • Gum disease
  • Large frenulum
  • Smaller or missing teeth
  • Non-nutritive habits as a child (thumb sucking or overuse of a pacifier)
  • Tongue thrust

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?

A woman holding an Invisalign aligner preparing to place it in her mouthWhen scheduling a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Green Hills, Dr. Cummings will examine your oral cavity and facial structure to determine if you are a qualified candidate for Invisalign. If your individual case is minimal, it is likely you will be eligible for treatment, but it is important that you are committed to the process and agree to:

  • Wear your trays for 20-22 hours each day
  • Swap out your trays every 1-2 weeks
  • Maintain scheduled appointments that allow Dr. Cummings to review your progress

How Does Invisalign Work?

A dentist wearing a mask and holding an Invisalign aligner to show a male patientInvisalign works to treat gapped teeth by gently moving them in the right direction, bringing them closer together to create a more uniform smile.

After you’ve received the green light from Dr. Cummings to move forward with Invisalign, impressions will be taken of your smile and sent to a dental lab where technicians will create custom-made aligners for you. Once they arrive in our office, you’ll retrieve your trays and specific instructions as to how to wear your aligners and for how long. Each patient is different so timelines may vary.

Most likely, you will wear your aligners 20-22 hours a day for two weeks at a time. After this time, you will switch out your trays for the next in the series, at which you will notice a gentle shift in the direction of your smile. You may experience some discomfort as your teeth move, but an over-the-counter pain reliever can help to alleviate some of the aching feelings.

Depending on the severity of your case, you can expect to be finished with Invisalign treatment anywhere between 12 and 18 months, however, you must maintain your regular dental appointments and wear your Invisalign aligners as instructed in order to prevent a delay in treatment.

Benefits of Invisalign

  • A young man smiling and holding a clear Invisalign alignerImproved appearance
  • Increased confidence
  • Subtle and more discreet treatment
  • Low maintenance
  • No restrictions regarding the foods you eat
  • Faster results than with metal braces

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