Parents spend lots of time talking to their teenage children about the importance of oral hygiene and maintaining a healthy smile. Research has shown that having a nice smile can help you gain confidence both personally and socially, while also helping you achieve success in your chosen career path. However, there is an alarming trend developing in regards to teenagers and their oral health.


What are Gap Bands?

An increasing number of teens are using rubber bands or other types of elastics to attempt to straighten or remove a gap between their teeth. Using this method to treat a diastema has been used in the past; however its popularity today is rising. There are very serious problems that can arise from using this type of DIY treatment. It’s very possible that using gap bands can cause damage to teeth for teens that may extend into adulthood.

Our teeth are an important part of our bodies. Teeth contain tissue and nerves. The teeth and jaws should align perfectly. When the alignment is correct, it is easier to chew and maintain proper oral health. If your teeth do not line up properly, you should seek a dentist’s help for orthodontic treatments to move them into their proper places.

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Dangers of Gap Bands

DIY methods like gap bands can damage the gums and connective tissue, causing long term damage to your teeth. If you will try to close the gap using gap bands without considering other teeth, it can affect the alignment of your jaw and cause problems in your mouth. Wrapping an elastic band around the teeth will not protect the teeth while they are moving. This can result in permanent damage to the nerves, tissue, blood supply and even tooth loss.

Other Orthodontic Treatment Options Available

Before the teeth straightening treatment can even begin, there will be a lot of procedures and measurements that must be taken. Some alternatives include traditional braces, Invisalign or clear braces. Regardless of what treatment you choose, it is important that you maintain good oral hygiene and regularly schedule an appointment for an adjustment.

It’s important that you schedule a consultation with an orthodontist if you have issues with your teeth. A dentist can provide orthodontic treatments that result in a complete facial transformation.

Fabey Dental Studios is a leading dental care service provider in Easton. We value our patients and are committed to provide comprehensive dental services like, bonding and white filling, bridges, crowns, dentures and periodontal health services. Our staff stays current with the latest technology and advances in dentistry and has gained a reputation of excellence in rendering optimal oral health and esthetic dentistry.

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