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What are Gap Bands?

Smile with a gap in front teethHere at Lockett Orthodontics, we know the importance of healthy, straight teeth. Not only will a beautiful and healthy smile to improve your confidence, but it can also motivate you to follow new social and career opportunities that your crooked smile held you back from. Unfortunately, in the pursuit of a straight smile, some will look for a quick, cheap fix.

There is a new trend being practiced by teenagers all over America that claims to offer this quick fix. They are known as “gap bands,” and are being used by teens and young adults who are trying to close a gap in their smile on their own without the aid of orthodontic experts.

Orthodontic elastic bands are being sold online to teenagers who are attempting to close a gap in the smile, usually between the two front teeth. Instead, they’re causing a number of dental and oral problems. This damage can be painful, expensive to fix and can cause dental issues for life

Why Gap Bands are Bad

Orthodontia, which is the practice of moving teeth, is a very complex and delicate process. Braces and other orthodontic devices are designed to make changes over time, allowing the teeth to adapt to the changes. If teeth are moved too quickly or at the wrong angle, permanent damage can be done to the roots of the teeth, the connective tissues, and the blood supply to the teeth. In addition, if you attempt to move your own teeth without considering the rest of your teeth, your jaw’s alignment can be damaged, causing problems with the alignment of your entire mouth.

We understand that orthodontic treatment feels like it takes too long and isn’t always attractive to wear. However, the result is a beautiful and healthy smile. Please do not resort to dangerous trends in an attempt to improve your smile. Orthodontia requires specific calculations and measurements to do correctly. If you have issues or apprehensions about traditional braces, please consult with Dr. Rhoda Lockett. There are many other orthodontic options besides traditional braces.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lockett, please contact Lockett Orthodontics. Our adult, teen, and child’s orthodontist office is located here in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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