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 Invisalign treatment can and can’t treat, and how to find out if you’re a good candidate for these clear aligners.
How Invisalign Treatment Works
Invisalign is a less visible way to straighten teeth and fix orthodontic issues. For many patients, it’s an ideal solution for treatment. Adults in particular often opt for Invisalign aligners. They work by gradually straightening the teeth over time. Custom sets of clear, removable aligners made with SmartTrack technology are supplied by our office, and patients see results within weeks!
We’re the top Invisalign providers in Atlanta, and our orthodontists not only have extensive experience correcting teeth, but are also dedicated to continuously staying up-to-date with the latest trends and improvements in treatment technology.
What Can Invisalign Treat?
Patients often wonder if Invisalign is the right choice for their needs. Typically, this treatment is recommended for less complex cases, but it can treat a variety of dental conditions:
An overbite occurs when the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth when the jaw is closed. While it’s normal for most people to have 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. Treatment evens out the bite by bringing the top teeth out and the bottom teeth in. While Invisalign can help mild underbites, 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.
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 could also be a gap in one place that results in crowding in another. When teeth are too close together, bacteria and plaque can build up, which can affect dental health. Crowded teeth can worsen over time, so it’s important that they’re treated as soon as possible. Invisalign treatment gently rearranges the spacing between teeth to help them become straighter and less crowded.
Gap teeth occur when there is visible space between two or more teeth. This extra space can cause food to get stuck between teeth, increase the risk of cavities, and cause gum tenderness. If you need to close a gap, 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. Affordable Invisalign treatment can help correct crooked teeth and offers a quick timeline for results.
Booking an Appointment at Braces Braces
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. Braces Braces is here to help every patient achieve a healthy smile you’re happy with. Patients can read more on the benefits, costs and expectations for Invisalign here.
For more on what Invisalign can treat, reach out today! Our team is happy to answer any of your questions or provide more information. Call our office to schedule your free initial consultation at (770) 222-2322. Patients can also fill out this quick online form to get started.