What Dental Problems Can and Can't Invisalign Fix?

What Problems Can Invisalign Fix?

Invisalign aligners are an effective solution for treating a large number of orthodontic problems, including minor teeth misalignment or more serious bite alignment issues (malocclusions). Your orthodontist will show you in detail how these problems will be tackled using ClinCheck 3D software.

Cartoon Image of protruding overbite teeth

1. Overbite or overjet

Overbite or overjet is when the upper teeth protrude past the bottom teeth, creating a gap between the teeth when biting down. Using Invisalign, this type of problem can be treated less invasively and in a shorter time frame than when traditional braces are used.

2. Underbite

Underbites are the opposite problem to overbites, where the lower teeth protrude past the upper teeth. Most children grow-out of this, however adults will need to consult an orthodontist to correct this bite issue. Invisalign is able to manoeuvre your teeth and rectify this issue.

Cartoon pair of Crossbite teeth

3. Crossbite

Crossbite is an orthodontic problem where teeth that are supposed to be on the outside are instead on the inside. Though this is seen as an aesthetic problem, it can create other orthodontic problems if not treated.

4. Overcrowding

Overcrowding occurs when there is not enough room in your mouth for your teeth, and can occur on both the top and bottom jaw. Though this can be caused by a number of different factors, it can also be responsible for crooked or overlapping teeth. Straightening your teeth using Invisalign can correct this problem.

5. Uneven Spaces

Uneven spaces between your teeth is another common orthodontic problem that can be an aesthetic concern, but may also cause problems with cleaning your teeth or discomfort due to exposed gums. Invisalign can adjust the spaces between your teeth to create improved alignment between your teeth.

What Problems Can't Invisalign Fix?

1. Overly Rotated Teeth

When teeth become overcrowded they can rotate in their sockets. In many cases Invisalign can correct for rotated teeth, but if the rotation is more than 20 degrees Invisalign will likely not work.

2. Severe Overbite/Underbite

In cases of severe overbite or underbite, Invisalign might not be sufficient. These cases often require other orthodontic techniques such as braces.

Diagram of teeth intrusion

3. Intrusions and Extrusions

An intrusion or an extrusion is when a tooth is moved higher or lower in the mouth. Invisalign would not work for this use case, and braces would be more suitable.

4. Large Gaps

Although Invisalign can effectively correct minor gaps between teeth, more drastic orthontic measures may be required for major gaps.

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