Options for Treating a Diastema (Tooth Gap)

Have you ever wondered whether or not there’s a word for the gap or space between your two front teeth? There is! A space between two teeth is called a diastema, and when the gap occurs between the two front teeth—one of the most common places—it’s called a midline diastema. The good news: we have a couple of different ways to treat it!

Braces can treat a tooth gap

Braces

It’s logical—braces are meant to move and straighten teeth, and moving the two front teeth together can close a diastema. Braces can be a good choice when you have a large gap, or when you have other orthodontic problems that would also require braces to fix. 

Something to keep in mind -you will probably have to wear full sets of braces on your top and bottom teeth. That’s because if you move some of your teeth, it affects your whole mouth, so you’ll need braces to ensure that all your teeth end up in the right place. 

If your dentist recommends braces for your diastema, that might not be the only treatment that you need. For example, sometimes the gap occurs because the teeth on either side of your two front teeth—the lateral incisors—are undersized. So you may need crowns placed over these teeth to enlarge their size as well as the braces. 

Veneers or Dental Bonding can treat a tooth gap

Veneers or Dental Bonding

If you have a minor diastema and no other dental problems, you may choose to have it treated with a cosmetic procedure, like veneers or dental bonding. Veneers are tooth-colored coverings installed over your teeth. They can be made slightly wider on each side in order to close the gap. Dental bonding involves adding a tooth-colored putty-like bonding material to your teeth to close the gap. 

Veneers are the more expensive option, but they also last longer than dental bonding. Applying veneers involves removing a top layer of enamel from your natural teeth. Because of this, veneers are considered a permanent procedure—if the veneers fall off or become damaged, you’ll have to have them replaced. Bonding, on the other hand, is not as permanent. 

If you have a midline diastema, talk to your dentist about your options for treatment, as well as whether or not any treatment is actually needed.

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Congrats to Andres and Hannah!

Andres and Hannah pose with Dr. Reese earlier this month, showing off their new smiles with some post-braces goodies! 

Gentech patients receive post-braces goodies! Gentech patients showing off their new smile!

 

If you're interested in a straighter smile, contact us today about scheduling your no-charge consultation with Dr. Reese. 

DIY Braces Are a Bad Idea

In case you've seen the DIY Straightening videos going around...please don't follow them. Followers risk damaging or LOSING teeth. Straightening teeth is a delicate process, and should be done by an orthodontist. If you're thinking about getting braces or Invisalign®, schedule a complimentary consultation with our orthodontist, Dr. Reese today.

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What You Need to Know about Invisalign Braces

Straight, even teeth are important for more than just cosmetic reasons. If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, it can impair your ability to bite properly and lead to pain in your jaw and neck. Braces are the most common and effective fix for misaligned teeth. However, the metal braces that most people are familiar with have a few drawbacks. Many people simply don't like the look of them. Others find the dietary restrictions that come with permanent braces a little too onerous. Invasalign braces have emerged as an alternative to traditional metal braces, and they address some of these disadvantages. Here's what you should know about Invisalign braces.

How Do Invisalign Braces Work?


Your Invisalign braces will be custom made from a mold of your own teeth.

Each set of Invisalign braces are custom-made for the individual patient's teeth. Instead of metal braces with brackets and wires that need to be periodically tightened, you'll receive a translucent plastic aligner that's created to fit over your teeth and gently shift them into place over a period of time.

Instead of regular trips to have your braces tightened and adjusted, you'll simply receive a new aligner every few weeks. Each new aligner will incrementally improve the alignment of your teeth and bring them closer to being in a healthy position.

What Are The Advantages of Invisalign Braces?


With Invisalign, you don't have to wait to show off your beautiful smile.

The first obvious advantage of Invisalign braces can be found in the name. The braces are virtually invisible -- most people will not notice that you're wearing them. This can be a big benefit for self-conscious teenagers or professional adults who don't want to advertise the fact that they're straightening their teeth.

However, that's not the only thing that Invisalign braces have going for them. Invisalign braces are distinct from traditional braces not just in appearance, but also in the fact that they're removable. This allows you to continue to enjoy your favorite foods while you're straightening your teeth without having to worry about food getting stuck inside of wires or brackets.

This also means that you can continue to practice the best possible dental hygiene. It's not uncommon for patients with traditional braces to experience tooth decay because of the difficulty of cleaning teeth that are partially covered by hardware. With Invisalign, you can simply remove the aligner before brushing and flossing to make sure that your teeth are truly clean, every time.

Are You A Candidate For Invisalign?

While Invisalign braces have multiple benefits, they're not right for every patient who needs orthodontic work. Invisalign can help with a variety of problems, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, crowded teeth, and gapped teeth. However, Invisalign works best for patients with mild to moderate alignment problems. The patients with severe alignment problems are often better served by traditional braces.

Invisalign is most often recommended for older teenagers and adults. Children and young teenagers whose teeth are still growing may not be good candidates for Invisalign. You also need to be very committed to following the instructions your dentist gives you in order for your Invisalign treatment to be effective. While they can be removed, Invisalign braces need to remain in your mouth for a certain amount of hours each day in order to achieve the desired goal. If you think that you're likely to forget to replace them after you eat or brush your teeth, you may be better off with fixed braces instead of removable ones.

If you're in need of orthodontic work and you're interested in exploring the possibility of Invisalign braces, we can help. Contact us today to set up a consultation and have your questions answered. 

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July is the perfect month...

July is the perfect month to start your child’s orthodontic treatment. It gives them some time to get used to the routine of eating with braces, and cleaning them before going back to the daily grind that is school. Call 800-918-9820 to set up your free consultation with Dr. Reese.

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Jaw problems. Tooth loss. Decay. Issues like these can result from an abnormal bite. Orthodontic treatment can help correct abnormal bites and transform your teeth into the beautiful smile you were always meant to have.

Dr. Reese has a wonderful track record of creating smiles that last a lifetime. If you’re interested in a free consultation, call Gentech today at 800-918-9820. Our six locations in the Portland/Vancouver metro area make it easy to set up an appointment in a location that’s convenient for you.

Caring for Clear Aligners

It is just as important to care for your teeth when you have clear aligners as it is when you have metal braces. If you place the aligners back in before brushing and flossing your teeth properly, you are putting your teeth at higher risk for tooth decay and infection. Clear Aligners

Even though you have the ability to eat and drink what you want when wearing clear aligners, proper oral hygiene is the essential component as your aligners and/or braces are not going to be in your mouth forever, but the teeth you have are the only set you get for the rest of your life!

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One Teen's Invisalign Story

Questions about braces or Invisalign? Contact one of our offices for a free initial consultation with Dr. Reese.

Gentech Dentist Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service.

Gentech Dentist has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013.

“Only about 5 percent of the companies Gentech Dentist competes with in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA area are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

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