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Invisalign for Spaced Teeth – Virginia Beach, VA

Bringing Teeth Together for a Beautiful Smile

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As a child, a gap between your two front teeth was considered “cute.” Now that you’re an adult and working professional, that same gap might not have the same appeal as it once did. If you’re tired of battling various dental problems as a result, Dr. Amrish Patel and the team at Lakeshore Dental have a solution – Invisalign! By using clear aligners that are designed to hide your treatment, we can take your spaced teeth in Virginia Beach and bring them closer together, eliminating the gap and improving your oral health. Find out how you can get started by calling our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel today!

Why Are My Teeth Gapped?

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Each person is different, so the reason(s) their teeth are gapped may be quite different from your situation. The most common reasons for gapped teeth are:

  • Thumb sucking or pacifier use as a child
  • Missing teeth
  • Smaller teeth
  • Large frenulum
  • Tongue thrust
  • Gum disease

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?

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As much as we would like to place each and every patient in Invisalign clear aligners for their specific dental problem, unfortunately, this is not the case. Some scenarios are much more severe, and should your gapped teeth be too large, your cosmetic dentist in Virginia Beach will recommend traditional metal braces to achieve desired results.

Upon examining your smile and looking over your dental x-rays, should Dr. Patel believe you are suitable for Invisalign, it may be because:

  • You have good oral hygiene and overall health
  • You are committed to the treatment plan and wearing your aligners the designated amount of time
  • You want faster results
  • You agree to attend every dental appointment throughout the process

How Does Invisalign Work?

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Your dentist in Virginia Beach will begin by discussing your goals for Invisalign treatment. After thoroughly examining your teeth and bite, Dr. Patel will take digital impressions of your smile to create a step-by-step look at how your smile will shift during treatment. This will also serve to help the dental lab technicians who are customizing your clear aligners.

After a few weeks, your trays will be ready, and you’ll return to our office to retrieve your kit. Making sure your first set fits comfortably inside your mouth, Dr. Patel will provide you with detailed instructions as to how to wear your trays and for how long. To prevent a delay in treatment, it is most likely that you’ll need to wear your trays 20-22 hours each day for at least 2 weeks. At that time, you will switch to a new set in the series. This will cause some discomfort, as your teeth will begin to shift, but fortunately, a mild pain reliever can help to eliminate the achy feeling you might experience.

Once you are finished with Invisalign treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from shifting back into their original position.

Benefits of Invisalign

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  • Clear, subtle, and discreet method of treatment
  • No irritation to your cheeks, lips, gums, or tongue
  • Easy to maintain
  • Faster results than with traditional metal braces
  • Minimal discomfort because of the gentle shifting of your teeth
  • You can eat and drink whatever you want while wearing Invisalign
  • Fewer visit to your dentist office throughout treatment