Im 20 years old, and I have a slightly larger than medium gap in my top two front teeth, and smaller gaps in the next three teeth on each side of my front teeth, I also have an overbite. I used to suck my thumb as a child, so Im pretty sure that is what caused this. My parents could never afford to get me braces, but now I am looking to get either braces or invisalign. Which would be better for me to get and about how long would it take to fix my teeth? thanks
How Long Would It Take to Fix a Larger Sized Gap in the Top Teeth?
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You need a thorough cosmetic consultation
From the picturesYour bit looks correctable with tooth movement, the gap, however, looks more difficult and may need bonding or veneers. An orthodontist will know whether the tooth size on top matche the tooth size on the bottom. If they don't you will need bonding to close spaces.
5-8 months to close a gap like that.
Its hard to say from the pix as to what condition your bite is in on all your other teeth. To close gaps like yours tho,in general,is from 5-8 months under normal conditions. You can go for a free consult and find out for certain the estimated time for treatment would be...Dr Thomas
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I would refer you to youtube, because here, in your case, a picture speaks a thousand words! Please go to youtube and type in the search box "invisalign closes large gaps between teeth" or just put in " invisalign closes large gaps in front teeth". Here you will find a ton of patient videos showing you before and after pictures, along with their testimonials on the invisalign procedure as well as traditional braces. If I were you at 20, I would opt for the invisalign and find a good orthodontist or a general dentist that is experienced in invsalign.
Time to close gaps with Invisalign can vary
As a rule of thumb, Invisalign moves teeth 0.2mm per aligner, each aligner used for two weeks. A gap as shown likely will take a couple months to close. Traditional brackets likely will work faster, but with all their drawbacks.
Large gap in the middle
With Invisalign we can close gaps very easily.
The INvisalign system will close the front middle gap within 3-4 months. Gaps will then develop on either side of the 2 front teeth, which will then be closed next. All in all the gaps get ransferred to the back of the arch.
You should be looking at small white buttons on the front teeth and about 1 year with Invisalign.
Dr R Kumar BDSLDSRCS
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