Wouldn’t life be wonderful if you could get the smile you always wanted without the discomfort of braces? We have good news for you: You can!
Our team at Bell Family Dental PC relies on the comfortable and predictable results you get with Invisalign®. Not only do these clear, removable aligners offer results in as little as six months, but they come with less pain than traditional braces. Plus, you can take them out when you need to, even though most people will barely notice you’re wearing them.
Whether you want generally straighter teeth or have more serious issues, Invisalign can provide results. Each treatment plan gets created on an individual basis using state-of-the-art 3-D imaging and advanced mapping software. That means you know exactly what you’re going to get before you even start.
Here are six conditions Invisalign can correct.
When your teeth don’t line up properly, you can experience numerous problems, from uneven tooth wear to jaw pain. One example of these alignment issues is an overbite.
When you have an overbite, your upper teeth overlap beyond your lower teeth. That can vary in severity, but Invisalign can correct both overbites and deep bites.
An underbite is another alignment issue. However, unlike an overbite, it’s your lower teeth that extend beyond your upper teeth. That issue typically occurs when your lower jaw is too far forward.
In addition to putting you at risk of uneven tooth wear, underbites can also make it difficult to chew and speak clearly. Invisalign can address many underbites. However, severe alignment issues could need Invisalign in combination with surgery to correct jaw position.
If you close your mouth and some of your upper teeth sit inside your lower teeth, you could have a crossbite. This alignment issue occurs when your upper and lower jaw doesn’t line up properly, putting you at risk of several dental problems, including:
- Uneven wear
- Chips and cracks
- Receding gums
- Notches above the gum line
- Gum problems or bone loss
Fortunately, Invisalign can fix many crossbites to protect your oral health.
4. Open bite
When you have an open bite, your upper and lower teeth don’t touch at all when you close your mouth. An open bite makes it especially difficult to chew or bite into certain foods, like apples. But Invisalign can address this alignment problem and have you smiling in no time.
5. Gapped teeth
Alignment issues aren’t the only issue that puts your oral health at risk. If you have extra spaces between your teeth, these gaps leave you vulnerable to gum tenderness and disease. That’s because having extra pockets between your teeth and gums create more areas for food particles and bacteria to collect.
Invisalign fixes this issue by gently shifting your teeth into their proper position, eliminating gaps and places where bacteria can hide.
6. Crowded teeth
Crowded teeth are the complete opposite of gap teeth. Instead, you simply don’t have enough room in your mouth for your teeth to fit, leading them to overlap, twist, and get pushed out of position.
That may seem like a cosmetic problem, but having overcrowded teeth makes it difficult to practice good oral hygiene. So, just like gapped teeth, it’s easier for bacteria, plaque, and tartar to build up, putting your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Unfortunately, overcrowded teeth can also worsen with time.
If you have crowded teeth, Invisalign can provide results. They even come with SmartForce® attachments for more complex tooth movements. These tiny tooth-colored shapes get attached to your teeth, acting like handles for the aligners to push against for more leverage.
The best part about Invisalign is that you can start at any age. In fact, children can start their orthodontic treatment between 6 and 10 years of age. That approach prevents bite issues from worsening and helps make sure their young jaws have enough room for their incoming permanent teeth.