A guide to what Invisalign can and can’t fix
Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment.
Using a series of clear aligners to gradually straighten your teeth, Invisalign can improve your smile and your overall oral health.
As Invisalign Diamond Apex providers, our clinicians have the expertise to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. From crooked teeth to an underbite, Invisalign can address a wide range of dental issues and improve your overall oral health.
Let our clinicians talk you through what Invisalign can and can’t fix…
General dentistry will not focus on the appearance of your teeth and instead will help to manage your everyday dental needs. It helps to protect your teeth and look after your overall oral health. Although our team offers a range of cosmetic dental treatments, we also look to prevent any oral health issues before they arise.
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of your teeth, whereas general dentistry focuses on their health. General dental treatments may be included in your cosmetic treatment plan.
What can Invisalign fix?
- Crooked teeth — Invisalign can fix crooked teeth by gradually shifting them into the correct position. The clear aligners apply gentle pressure onto the teeth to help them move slowly over time.
- Overbite — An overbite occurs when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth. Invisalign can help to mend an overbite by gradually pushing the upper teeth back and the lower teeth forward until they fit together properly.
- Underbite — Invisalign can help to fix an underbite. An underbite is when the lower teeth project past the upper teeth.
- Crossbite — A crossbite is when the upper teeth bite down inside the lower teeth. Invisalign can effectively mend mild crossbites.
- Gaps in teeth — Invisalign can fix mild gaps in the teeth by gradually moving the teeth closer together. This can improve the appearance of the smile and make it easier to speak.
- Crowded teeth — By moving teeth into the correct position, Invisalign can create more space in the mouth. Mending crowded teeth can help to improve oral health overall, as it makes it easier to clean teeth and gums.
- Open bite — An open bite occurs when the upper and lower teeth don’t meet when biting down. Invisalign can gradually shift teeth so that they fit together properly when biting.
What Invisalign can’t fix
Whilst Invisalign has become a popular orthodontic treatment due to its convenience and discreet appearance, it is important to understand that there are limitations to what it can fix.
One major limitation of Invisalign is its ability to correct complex orthodontic issues. Invisalign is best suited for mild to moderate cases of misaligned teeth or bite issues, such as crowding and spacing. Severe cases of malocclusion may require more advanced orthodontic treatment, such as surgery.
Our clinicians will always recommend an alternative treatment plan if you are not suitable for Invisalign. If you have severe gaps between the teeth, we may advise that you consider dental bonding as opposed to Invisalign. Our clinicians may recommend dental implants as a more suitable option if you have missing teeth.
Our compassionate team will discuss an appropriate treatment plan with you during your consultation, working with you to achieve the desired result.
Is Invisalign right for me?
Invisalign is an effective and discreet way to fix a wide range of orthodontic issues. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are clear, comfortable and can be removed for up to 2 hours a day. While Invisalign is a great option for many patients looking to straighten their teeth, it may not be suitable for everyone.
We may not recommend Invisalign if:
- You have signs and symptoms of gum disease — Oral health issues like gum disease will need to be treated before Invisalign can be recommended by our clinicians. If you have signs and symptoms of gum disease, such as bad breath or bleeding and swollen gums, it’s important to book an appointment with our hygienists immediately.
- You have complex dental issues — Invisalign may not be suitable for those with complex dental issues, such as severely rotated teeth or teeth that need to be moved vertically. If Invisalign is not a suitable treatment option for your complex dental issue, our clinicians will take the time to establish an alternative treatment plan to help you achieve your smile goals.
- You are unable to commit — Invisalign requires commitment from the patient, as the aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours a day and changed every 1-2 weeks. If you can’t commit to wearing your clear aligners as prescribed, Invisalign may not be the right treatment for you..
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If you are considering Invisalign, it’s important to book a consultation with a member of our team to discuss whether it is a suitable option for you.
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