Conditions Treated Using Invisalign
Experienced orthodontists use Invisalign as a treatment tool for many orthodontic problems. Orthodontists use Invisalign to straighten teeth without the brackets and wires associated with metal braces. Invisalign functions just like metal braces in that the treatment system works by pushing your tooth structure into alignment.
Invisalign is a powerful tool in the hands of an experienced orthodontist and is constantly evolving. On its own, Invisalign is merely a set of plastic trays. However, in the hands of a skilled orthodontist, he or she can use the Invisalign system to straighten your teeth and fix orthodontic problems. To see previous results, take a look at some of our Invisalign case studies from real Diamond Braces patients.
What conditions is Invisalign used to treat?
Orthodontists may use Invisalign to treat conditions including:
Below, we discuss what each dental problem is and how orthodontists fix each condition using Invisalign treatment.
How can an experienced orthodontist use Invisalign to treat the following conditions?
Below is a description of how Invisalign can be used to treat many dental conditions.
What is crowding?
Tooth crowding occurs when there is not enough space for teeth in your jaw, forcing the teeth to be cramped too close together. This condition can become serious if left untreated since bacteria and plaque can build up in the hard-to-clean tight spaces. Furthermore, teeth will become even more crooked over time if this condition is not fixed early on.
For patients who suffer from crowding, a doctor will examine you to determine if you are an Invisalign candidate. In some cases, additional procedures may need to be performed if the crowding is excessive or problematic.
If the orthodontist determines Invisalign can help, the treatment works by first straightening teeth. Then the aligners will spread the teeth apart. In certain cases, your doctor may perform IPR (interproximal reduction) to make more space in your mouth. IPR is a straightforward procedure in which the doctor removes a tiny amount of enamel.
What are gaps?
Gaps are exactly what they sound like: spaces between teeth that need to be closed. Gaps are often a genetic trait. Spaces between teeth can lead to crooked tooth growth and gum problems and can increase the risk of damage to the teeth.
Diamond Braces’ orthodontists will take a look at your teeth to find instances of abnormal spacing. In the doctor’s Invisalign data report that we send to the lab, the doctor will create a custom treatment timeline for the gaps. The Invisalign system will straighten the teeth and then shift the teeth closer together to eliminate spaces. In some instances, additional dental work will be required after the Invisalign treatment. When the teeth are too small, a patient would be referred to a specialist for restorative work like bonding to increase tooth dimension.
What is an overbite?
An overbite is a common orthodontic problem where the top teeth bite over the lower teeth. An overbite might lead to excess strain on the jaw and wear out the enamel on the lower teeth.
Invisalign works to align the jaw. In some cases, the doctor may have to put in elastic bands to more effectively align the jaw. The doctor will let you know during the initial consultation whether you need rubber bands.
What is a crossbite?
A crossbite is a type of malocclusion that exists when the upper and lower jaws are misaligned. An underbite, also known as an anterior crossbite, exists when the bottom teeth protrude forward more than the top teeth. This condition is generally genetic. Similar to overbites, crossbites put strain on the jaws and can erode the enamel. If left untreated for too long, the patient may eventually need surgery, which can be expensive and complex.
Invisalign can treat crossbites by aligning the top and bottom jaws. Creating an Invisalign plan for crossbites is complicated. Therefore, it is in the patient’s best interest to find an experienced orthodontic practice like Diamond Braces, which is a “Top 1% Elite Provider” of Invisalign, to carefully create a treatment plan for this orthodontic problem. If a case is too severe, the patient will need to be referred to a maxillofacial surgeon.
What is an open bite?
An open bite occurs when some of the top and bottom teeth are unable to touch one another when the jaw is closed. Most cases of open bite are genetic. Open bite makes it difficult for some people to chew correctly and even to speak. This condition should be fixed to prevent the risk of pain in the jaw.
Invisalign works by pushing the teeth in the correct direction in order to align the upper and lower teeth so they can bite down evenly on top of one another. In rare instances, surgery may be needed to fix this problem.
No matter what condition you have, Invisalign probably has a solution. Diamond Braces has successfully treated thousands of patients with varying degrees of orthodontic abnormalities. Chances are, we can offer you a great smile through Invisalign. Diamond Braces’ orthodontists can create a customized treatment plan that fits your needs. To learn more about Invisalign, contact us at Diamond Braces today. Our orthodontists have many years of experience and can help you feel and look your best with your brightest and healthiest smile. Call 201.308.8181 to learn more or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment now.