Dear Patients:

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. Please be patient with us as we all adapt to this new “normal”. 

For example:

· Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. 

· We ask that you wear a facemask in the office, if possible, but NO GLOVES.

· We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

· You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. 

· Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

· We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Keep Smiling!

Dr. Dowell and Team 

Is Invisalign an Effective Treatment for Gaps?

By Stephen Dowell, DDS on February 20, 2020

Smiling woman shows gap between her two front teethGaps between the teeth can be a source of embarrassment. They can even interfere with chewing and speech. If you want to eliminate gaps between your teeth, Dr. Stephen C. Dowell can correct this cosmetic problem using discreet and comfortable Invisalign® treatment.

The Invisalign's clear aligner trays gently move the teeth into better alignment to correct problems like gaps or crooked teeth. To learn more, contact our practice, serving patients in Minerva, OH, Carrollton, OH, and Dover, OH.

How Does Invisalign Address Gaps between Teeth?

Gaps are a type of spacing issue. The unwanted spaces can be of particular concern when they appear between the two front teeth. This type of prominent gap is known as a diastema.

Individuals who have teeth that are proportionately small compared to the size of their upper and lower jaw are more likely to have gaps. While certain habits can contribute to gaps, the cosmetic problem is often the result of genetics.

Invisalign is an ideal solution to eliminate the presence of gaps between the teeth. Invisalign works by gently moving teeth through micromovements. Just like traditional metal braces, the orthodontic treatment realigns teeth into their ideal position.

Invisalign can address teeth that are crowded, crooked, and gapped. The treatment can even address some degrees of overbite and underbite. Many of our patients seek Invisalign to address gaps between their teeth.

Some patients benefit from Invisalign’s ability to guide teeth outward toward the front of the jaws. This can address crowding. Individuals with gaps often have the opposite problem. For these candidates, the aligner trays can guide teeth slightly inward to fill in the spaces.

Dr. Dowell will establish your candidacy through a consultation and exam at our dental practice. Candidates should be in good oral health. The vast majority of individuals who come to our office seeking to address gaps in their teeth are good candidates for this discreet and effective treatment option.

In cases of severe misalignment or jaw alignment issues, traditional metal braces may be a better option. No matter what the case may be, we encourage everyone to seek the expert advice of Dr. Dowell.

How Does Invisalign Compare to Alternative Treatments for Gaps?

Invisalign has many advantages to alternative cosmetic treatments.

Porcelain veneers can also close gaps between teeth. The thin shells can be fabricated to cover the spaces. Veneers require removal of natural tooth structure, meaning that the treatment is irreversible. Unlike Invisalign, maintaining the results requires periodically replacing the porcelain shells.

Cosmetic bonding (composite resin) can also address minor gaps between teeth. This option is relatively affordable, but the results may only last a few years.

Invisalign has the advantage of being non-invasive. No significant changes will be made to the structure of your teeth. The results will last a lifetime. Once your treatment is complete, patients simply need to wear a retainer at night.

Schedule Your Invisalign Treatment for Gaps Today

Gapped teeth can trap food or impede speech. Teeth that are closely positioned are more cosmetically attractive. If you would like to learn more about how to correct gaps between teeth, please call us at (330) 868-5001 or contact our office online.

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