Space Closure: An Alternative to Dental Implants

Man flossing gaps in teeth

What is Space Closure?

Space closure, also known as gap closure, refers to the process of removing space from the teeth with appliances, such as braces or Invisalign. Space gaps, medically called a diastema, occurs commonly in patients. These conditions occur when the teeth develop too small for the jawbone, and can also be caused by habits such as thumb sucking, an incorrect swallow reflex, and physical trauma. To correct these spaces, our orthodontists have to preform an anchorage control. Anchorage control helps alleviate the movement of the tooth, and direct the development of the teeth in the proper position. This can be accomplished through a number of techniques, such as palatal expanders, braces, removable aligners, and headgear.

The Benefits of Space Closure Treatment:

Having gaps in teeth can cause significant problems eating certain foods, cause problems with speech, and can be considered undesirable. Space closure treatment, such as braces, can be effective at closing gaps, as well as fixing crooked and uneven teeth alignments. Patients with lost teeth can also benefit from space closure treatment because our orthodontists can close the gaps without the need for invasive treatments such as dental implants. Dental implants require cutting open the gum to expose the bone and then require the dental surgeon to install a metal post for the tooth replacement. Small gaps and lost teeth can benefit from orthodontics by focusing on realignment methods rather than invasive surgeries.

Woman with no gaps in smile

Our treatment options for space closure contain various options t choose from, including:

  • Invisalign
  • Braces
  • Clear Braces
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Aligner Therapy
  • Ceramic Bracket Therapy

Depending on the severity of your space gaps, we’ll present these options to you and help organize a strategic plan for your gap realignment. Full treatment can take time, but our orthodontic treatments can have a huge impact on your life. You’ll be able to receive a more attractive smile without noticeable gaps.

Why Choose Burns Orthodontics?

Burns Orthodontics specializes in child and adult orthodontic treatments as well as treating TMJ disorders and aligner therapy conversions. Dr. Burns, our head orthodontist, has earned numerous achievements, including accreditation from the American Association of Orthodontics, and has published articles on Class III Camouflage treatment in the American Journal of Orthodontics. We operate our business on a first-name basis. We understand the need for proper orthodontic care, and that’s why every doctor behind our name aims to be empathetic with our patients, passionate in our line of work, and flexible with our payment plans.

Have questions about our space closure treatments? Contact us at any one of our various locations across the state, and schedule an appointment. Visiting the orthodontists can give you a fresh start towards a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing smile. If you wish to learn more about our services, then call us today to get a free consultation with your first visit, and at Dr. Burn’s office, she’ll be able to discuss all the treatment plans available for you.