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encinitas cosmetic dentistGapping between the teeth is a concern that many people seek treatment for. Closing your gap may even be the only reason you need orthodontic treatment. Known formally as diastema, gaps in teeth can cause self-consciousness and also dental issues. Many patients with this issue often ask, “Can Invisalign fix gaps in teeth?” Our Encinitas cosmetic dentist, Dr. McElroy, answers this question below.

Can Invisalign Fix Gaps in Teeth?

Fortunately, Invisalign is a great option for many people when trying to close a gap between teeth. The basic function of Invisalign extends effectively to gaps–the custom-designed clear aligners simply pull the teeth together into their proper position.  Although not everyone is a desirable candidate for Invisalign, our experienced cosmetic dentist can tell if it’s right for you. Contact our friendly office today to get started on the smile you have always wanted!

Causes of Gaps

Sometimes, the causes of gaps are hereditary and simply formed by the structure of your mouth. They can also be caused by certain inherited disorders that affect the jaw and teeth eruption. However, specific causes have also been identified, such as thumb sucking, missing teeth, teeth that are crowded, and different-sized teeth. Paying close attention to these issues and getting treatment quickly will provide the best outcome when trying to close a gap.

Are There Risks with Gapped Teeth?

There are actual dental risks associated with gaps. While most people focus on the aesthetics of having gapped teeth, gaps can also damage to gums. With a gap, you have an exposed section of gum that can be damaged simply by biting too hard or getting food stuck in between the teeth. It’s best for your gum health to close the gap and protect your gums.

Contact Our 5-Star-Rated Encinitas Cosmetic Dentist to Learn More Today!

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to dentistry, feel free to contact our Encinitas dentists at McElroy Smiles By Design by clicking here or by calling 760-230-6638.

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"This is a fantastic Dentist, McElroy and the associates in the office are amazing. Our daughters enjoy every time they are here. Very good practice, highly suggested!!"

- Cody H.

"I would definitely recommend Smiles By Design dental office to anyone who is looking for a personable, honest, thorough, and professional dentist. Dr. McElroy and his staff make you feel so comfortable, you forget you are at the dentist!! Highly recommend!"

- Kelly C.

"Had my first appointment at McElroy smiles by design, and the staff was so friendly and informative. It was an enjoyable experience and I plan on going back in the future."

- Isaac W.

"Thanks to everyone in the office! Great service and very punctual. Dr.McElroy is a wonderful dentist, he is very professional and friendly. He does what it takes to do the job perfectly— even if it requires extra time. I needed a lot of work when I first came to the office, but now when its all done, I love the outcome and my new smile! I am stoked!!"

- Wera S.

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of McElroy Smiles. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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Discuss Your Goals With Dr. McElroy

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Thorough Exam & Professional Cleaning

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Digital X-Rays

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Discuss Your Potential Treatment Options

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