You’ve likely heard about Invisalign and how it can help people with crooked teeth achieve a straighter, more attractive smile. While Invisalign can treat a wide variety of orthodontic issues, including both simple and complex cases, it’s important to evaluate if Invisalign will help you achieve your dental goals. Here’s what you need to know about what the treatment can and can’t fix, and how to find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.
An overbite occurs when the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth when the jaw is closed. While most people have at least a little overbite, a very deep bite can cause pain and reduced aesthetics. Invisalign can gently bring the top teeth in and the bottom teeth out to help even the bite.
An underbite occurs when the bottom teeth overlap the top teeth when the jaw is closed. This is often caused by the lower jaw being farther forward than it should be. While Invisalign can treat mild underbites by bringing the top teeth out and the bottom teeth in to even out the bite, some severe cases may require surgery in addition to orthodontic therapy like Invisalign or braces.
An open bite occurs when the bottom and top teeth do not meet when the jaw is closed. An open bite may make it painful or difficult to chew, especially when you need to bite down on things, such as eating corn off the cob. Invisalign works to treat an open bite by gradually and gently pushing the upper and lower teeth together.
Gap teeth occur when there is visible space between two or more teeth. While some people find gap teeth endearing, the space between teeth can cause food to get stuck and increase the risk of cavities. Invisalign can be used to gently push two teeth closer together to reduce or eliminate the appearance of a gap.
Crooked teeth occur when the teeth appear to be positioned at different angles instead of straight up and down. Most of the time this is a mild aesthetic issue that causes no real problems with dental health. However, straighter teeth can boost self-confidence and improve overall facial balance. Invisalign can help correct crooked teeth even faster than before.
Crowded teeth occur when permanent teeth come in too close to one another or there’s just not enough room in the jaw for all the teeth to fit. There may be a gap in one place that results in crowding in another. When teeth are too close together, bacteria and plaque can build up, but traditional flossing and brushing won’t remove it. This can affect dental health. Crowded teeth can become worse over time, so it’s important that they be treated as soon as possible. Invisalign gently rearranges the spacing between teeth to help them appear straighter and less crowded.
When to Book an Appointment with Your Orthodontist
If you have crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth, or have an underbite, open bite, or overbite, don’t wait to get in touch with an orthodontist. You deserve a healthy smile that looks good too! Call BB Braces Braces today for an appointment at (770) 629-8028.