Invisalign® Can Work With Any Bite Type
Using patented technology, your teeth are gently guided into position according to an individualized Invisalign® treatment plan. No matter if you are in Colorado Springs or Denver, your dentist will determine the total number of corrections needed, but you will notice that your Invisalign® impressively straightens your teeth as each week passes.
Will Invisalign® Correct an Overbite?
Overbites are when your upper teeth significantly overlap the lower teeth. Generally, the cause of this problem is due to bad oral habits, overdevelopment of bone underlying the teeth or genetics. This problem can cause irritation of the gums and wear on lower teeth, including painful jaw problems. Dentists take several things into account when making their treatment plan, like muscle strength, etc.
Being a long-term treatment, a dentist will divide the process into phases. This allows the patient to see the results obtained more clearly. With treatment, you get proper alignment, good chewing function and great aesthetics. Treatment will last anywhere between eighteen and twenty-four months in most cases.
Can Invisalign® Fix an Underbite?
An underbite occurs when the lower anterior teeth protrude past the upper, nipping backwards. It is the opposite of an overbite. This dental issue can cause several problems, such as dental misalignment, making it difficult to bite and chew food. It can also fracture the incisors (especially in children and adults who play sports); and there is a greater likelihood of gum disease and wear on the teeth.
Where appropriate, an underbite will create several aesthetic problems, such as causing your upper teeth to be very visible. This may be the reason that many patients seek dental help. When Invisalign® is used, the patient may feel pressure on the incisors, which could result in some annoying moments. But it’s a totally normal pressure due to the sharp correction that is needed. After several weeks of treatment, the pressure subsides and the teeth slowly correct themselves. After eighteen months of treatment, a complete correction of the protrusion is achieved, and therefore, correct crowding is also presented.
Does Invisalign® Work on Crowded Teeth?
Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient space in the dental arch, and move out of alignment by mounting each other. This usually happens due to hereditary factors. Dental crowding can be mild or severe, in which case outside there is obvious dental disharmony. However, the probability of developing infectious complications such as gingivitis (inflammation and bleeding gums) is high.
In most cases your dentist will suggest treatment with Invisalign®. You may have some discomfort, which will markedly reduce after a few days. After eighteen months of treatment, the desired results are obtained. Finally, you are advised to use a splint at night to prevent jaw clenching during sleep.
Can Invisalign® Close My Gap?
Spacing in the teeth may appear when there is too much space in the jaw. This may be due to small teeth, abnormal growth of the jaw bones, lack of other teeth and/or tongue protrusion, and genetics. This type of problem can lead to periodontal diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis, which if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. If you have a moderate separation of the teeth, Invisalign® can narrow down the space properly and progressively week by week. Within a few months you could see the final result.
Can I Get Invisalign® if I’m Missing Teeth?
Yes. In most cases your dentist will suggest that you wait until the treatment is over and then get prosthetics like dentures or dental implants. These will replace the missing teeth you previously had. However, some dentists may elect to place teeth before treatment. You should speak to your dentist before starting your Invisalign® procedure to see which route is best to take.
Does Invisalign® Work for Cross-bite?
A cross-bite is when the upper and lower jaws are misaligned. When biting, the upper teeth do not fall ahead of the lower, or they will be slightly outside the lower posterior teeth. Treatment for cross-bite should be initiated as soon as it is diagnosed because postponing treatment can lead to abnormal growth and malformations in the jaw. This problem can also cause wear down the teeth and cause gum disease.
Cross-bite is a complex dental issue so dentists undertake several steps to achieve balanced improvement. Invisalign® controls correction, aligns and levels the remaining teeth. To ensure that patients wear their devices all the time, dentists use “Compliance Indicators” to monitor the use of braces. The dentist can calculate and control the time of use. Although this is a complex case that requires continuous control, Invisalign® does the job beautifully and efficiently and in less than two years.
Invisalign® can correct an increasing number of dental pathologies. According to dentists, Invisalign® dominates the industry because it increases the range of difficulty of cases treated and the level of results. Invisalign® is ideal for teens (from about age eleven), because on one hand it gives full flexibility to remove the aligners to eat, and on the other it allows the dentist to control the time they have been placed. Likewise, they are ideal for adults who cannot afford fixed orthodontics (braces).
In case of very complex diseases, some dentists use traditional braces in the early stages of treatment and at the final stages use Invisalign®. Yes, a dentist with experience with Invisalign® can treat complex cases, where another dentist would have to resort to using just traditional fixed braces. Their vast knowledge and extensive experience allows them to treat a high percentage of cases with the Invisalign® system.