Many children come into our office with gapped teeth. Gapped teeth arise when children have extra space between two or more of their teeth. They are often caused by genetics, undersized teeth, thumb sucking, swallowing issues, and mismatched jaw bone sizes.
Since gapped teeth can create pockets between the teeth and gums, food can get stuck. Also, they may lead to sore and tender gums and eventually cause gum disease. Additionally, gapped teeth can make your child feel self-conscious and cause them to avoid school activities and social situations.
The good news is that this issue can be resolved in a comfortable and discreet way through Invisalign. Invisalign aligners are clear and virtually invisible to the naked eye. Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. They can also be removed for playing instruments or sports. As long as your child wears their aligners for at least 22 hours a day, their teeth will gradually shift into their proper positions and the gaps will disappear.
If your child leads an active lifestyle, Invisalign can allow them to straighten their teeth without any embarrassment or disruption to their daily activities. While every child is unique, most children can correct their gapped teeth via Invisalign in a year or even less.
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If you’re wondering whether your child is a candidate for Invisalign, we encourage you to contact our office for a consultation. We can be reached at 703-348-2813 and look forward to hearing from you!