Invisalign braces are a popular alternative to old-fashioned wire and bracket braces. Despite their subtle appearance, these clear aligners can have dramatic effects on your smile. Here are five orthodontic problems that can often be resolved using Invisalign treatment.
1. Protruding Front Teeth
Many people have incisors that protrude unnaturally far over their bottom teeth, which can spoil the appearance of an otherwise perfect smile. This is often caused by sucking on a pacifier or even a thumb as a child. Orthodontics have had a lot of success in using Invisalign treatment to correct this problem. By exerting pressure on the front teeth, Invisalign braces gradually move the front teeth into a more natural position.
2. Crooked Teeth
Some people have teeth that are twisted compared to the rest of their smile. This can occur due to dental overcrowding or can simply be the result of teeth emerging from the gums at the wrong angle. Teeth that are badly crooked might require wire and bracket braces to treat, but mild misalignment is often successfully treated with Invisalign. Orthodontists can create custom Invisalign braces to gradually move the teeth into a more regular alignment to remove any crookedness from the smile.
3. Gaps Between Teeth
Many people have a small gap between their two upper front teeth. While this does not usually cause any oral health problems, it can cause a lack of confidence in one's appearance. Thankfully, it is easy to treat this orthodontic issue with Invisalign braces. The pressure exerted by the plastic retainers gradually moves the teeth closer together, closing up the gap between them.
4. Open Bites
An open bite is when someone has a large gap between their upper and lower incisors when they clench their jaw. This can cause problems with eating and speaking, as well as giving the smile an odd appearance. Invisalign treatment for this problem can involve wearing aligners on just the top teeth, just the bottom teeth, or both.
5. Underbites and Overbites
Severe overbites and underbites sometimes require intensive orthodontic treatment with wire braces, but milder bite abnormalities can often be successfully treated with Invisalign. Underbites, where the bottom teeth sit in front of the top teeth, can often be corrected by wearing Invisalign braces on the bottom arc of teeth. Many orthodontists also offer Invisalign treatment for overbites. Ask your dentist whether Invisalign could be a suitable solution for you.