Orthodontia-filter: Minding the gap, and mending the gap?
September 2, 2014 10:05 AM Subscribe
Would like some AskMe advice on fixing my front tooth gap (midline diastema), especially from folks who have done or know people who have done a similar fix. I am 98% pro-orthodontics, but am undecided between traditional braces and invisalign, and then a small part of me is wondering if I'll have regrets about fixing it at all.
posted by NikitaNikita to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've had a front tooth gap all my life - however it has been bothering me more and more recently because it is widening. (I have a bit of a tongue thrust (new dentist's observation when I asked why it may be happening) plus i believe i tend to push against my front teeth unconsciously) So they are a bit tipped out, gap is about 4mm I'd guess, and I on a few occasions I have noticed a bit of accidental whistling (but then again, i am hyper-aware of this -- no one has said anything to me)
So, I want this fixed before it gets really big/out of control, either fully closing it or leaving a small gap. Found a dentist and ortho who are on board with either, and aren't suggesting I do anything else like veneers, etc, so I am happy about that (eg they are not trying to give me the "perfect smile"). Found and am paying into an insurance program and HSA for help paying for it. (They even gave me the option of just fixing the upper teeth, and not my overbite, but it seems like I should take care of it all if I am fixing the uppers.) Other than the gap, no other dental issues as far as I know except jaw clicking w/o pain.
Here's where I'm stuck now: When I bring it up, many friends and my boyfriend say the gap is cute, it's my identity, they like it, etc. They support me and I know it's my decision, but now I am having second thoughts, so question 1) is: Have you/someone you know fixed a gap like this, and had regrets or has it been a positive experience?
And the other question is a practical one: 2) Invisalign or traditional braces?
Should be about 9 months treatment length either way. Invisalign is about 1k more out of pocket, but I like that it can be removed (I don't anticipate any major events in the next year, but who knows.) My concerns however are: may be a pain to take in and out, keep track of when eating, and compliance issues (will I tend to leave them out?). Admittedly, I like that it may prevent me from mindless grazing and noshing since I do that quite a bit.
I guess the pros for traditional braces is that they seem like they have better control (eg I see a person for adjustments... I think that is a plus? I don't know), I don't have to worry about compliance because they are stuck on there, and they don't look BAD (they actually seem pretty cute!)... but I have never had dental work other than wisdom teeth coming out (*knocks on wood*) so I really have no idea if the metal/wire aspect of it sucks.
I can't think of any other info to provide, but let me know. Oh, and I realized that a pic is probably warranted in this situation so I changed my profile pic on here for demo purposes. Thanks for your feedback on this long-winded explanation. :)