What Can Invisalign Fix?

January 12, 2018

Invisalign is an alternative to braces that offers teeth straightening with a clear, removable device. The cost of Invisalign is about the same as the cost of braces, but it might be more convenient for you to use the Invisalign device. Like braces, Invisalign corrects many common problems with teeth.

Overbites And Underbites

Overbites and underbites are commonplace bite issues that both braces and Invisalign address. Overbites occur when your upper teeth bite over your lower teeth. This can be caused by bad oral habits, genetics, or an overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. An underbite is similar, except the lower teeth extend beyond the upper teeth. This is usually caused by an overgrown lower jaw or undergrowth of the upper jaw. Missing front teeth can also play a part in an underbite.

Open Bite

If you have an open bite, that means some of your upper teeth don’t even make contact with your lower teeth. Abnormal jaw structure or excessive thumb sucking can cause an open bite. An open bite can result in speech problems, temporomandibular joint disorder or painful, poor chewing.

Crossbite

A crossbite happens when both the upper and lower jaws aren’t aligned properly, so your upper teeth may bite on the inside of your lower teeth. The crossbite causes abnormal wear of the teeth, bone loss, and gum disease.

Crowded Teeth

Teeth crowding can happen when there isn’t enough room on your jaw to fit all your teeth properly in your mouth. The teeth end up fitting too closely together, which can cause severely crooked teeth if left untreated. Crowding can lead to an increased chance of gum disease, accumulation of excess plaque, and further tooth decay.

Gapped Teeth

Gapped teeth are teeth that sit farther apart from other teeth, causing gaps that reveal the gums. This can lead to gum problems, since teeth are not protecting them. Often, gapped teeth are caused by abnormal growth of the jaw. Missing teeth may also lead the other teeth to shift around and cause gaps. Gapped teeth may result in periodontal (gum) disease.

In addition to treating common tooth and bite problems, Invisalign now offers Precision Cuts, which helps with severe bites. Overall, the Invisalign program treats many of the common dental problems that braces do, but may offer more flexibility. You can determine if Invisalign is right for you by speaking to one of our invisalign dentists.

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