Invisalign is a very popular treatment that straightens your teeth using clear (and virtually invisible) aligners. They’re designed to be much more comfortable than traditional braces.
There are lots of benefits. Invisalign uses software called Clincheck to map out the path to your new smile, which means your treatment plan is fully customized with no guesswork. Each set of aligners lasts for one to two weeks, and we recommend wearing them 20 to 22 hours a day.
They’re also great because you can still eat all the foods you love and enjoy all your favorite sports without having to worry about making emergency trips to the dentist for broken brackets and wiring. You can also take them out to brush your teeth, meaning you can maintain great oral hygiene during your treatment. They’re an effective and convenient option for a range of issues.
So, what can Invisalign actually treat? We’ll run you through the eight issues below.
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An overbite is when the upper front teeth close in front of the lower front teeth. A little overbite is normal, but when it gets too big, it can cause a range of problems. For example, your teeth may start wearing down, or you may experience pain in your jaw. Ask how we can help.
People with an underbite have the opposite problem: it occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the upper front teeth. This can make it hard to chew properly and speak clearly, and it may cause your teeth to wear down faster than normal. In some cases, we can correct it with Invisalign; in others, we may have to pair it with surgery. Talk to us about your needs.
A crossbite means your upper and lower jaws don’t line up properly, and some of your upper teeth sit inside your lower teeth. It can make your teeth wear down (or even chip) and your gums start to recede, which can lead to painful gum problems. The good news is it’s totally treatable.
4. Gap teeth
Having gap teeth just means there is some extra space between some of your teeth. These can create pockets where food can get stuck, which can make your gums tender and sore. Invisalign can reduce the gaps, which will make a big difference to your daily oral hygiene routine.
5. Open bite
If your top and bottom teeth don’t meet, you may have what’s called an “open bite.” This can make it hard to bite into some common foods, like apples, because your teeth aren’t positioned to work effectively. Ask us about a customized treatment plan to correct your bite.
6. Crowded teeth
Sometimes, there’s just not enough room in the mouth for all the teeth to fit. This can cause teeth to bunch up, overlap and twist, making it hard to brush and floss well. This can cause things like plaque to build up, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. We’d love to help.
7. Baby and permanent teeth
Our smiles change as we grow. We can start orthodontic treatment in children as young as six to ensure they grow up with confident smiles. The goal at this age is to develop their jaws and arches to ensure there’s room for adult teeth. Talk to us about your child’s dental health.
8. Generally straighter teeth
Invisalign is also a really helpful tool if you’re simply looking to improve your smile. Small fixes can make a big difference to your confidence, so it’s a great option to consider even if your dental health is already excellent. We’ll develop a personalized plan to help you feel great.
Invisalign is incredibly effective. It works for most teeth alignment issues, plus it’s almost invisible in your mouth, comfortable to wear, achieves results quickly, and improves your dental health. If you want to schedule an appointment for yourself or your child, please contact us today.