Jun 28, 2019
 in 
Cosmetic Dentistry

How Invisalign Can Fix These Smile Imperfections

W

e all want a beautiful smile that we can feel confident in when we walk into a room. The problem is that, as we age, we tend to feel less inclined to use traditional braces to fix our biggest smile insecurities.

Our options? Remain self-conscious about our smiles or try Invisalign.

Now more effective and affordable than ever before, more than 6 million people have crafted the smile of their dreams with the help of Invisalign.

But is Invisalign right for you?

While only an orthodontist can decide whether Invisalign will help you reach your smile goals, you can learn more about the most common Invisalign cases we take care of every day in the office. The smile experts at Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics are here to demonstrate how these common smile imperfections can be fixed so you can finally have the confident, beautiful smile you deserve.

Overbite

One of the Most Common Invisalign Cases

graph of overbite

All Bite images source: https://www.invisalign.com/treatable-cases

An overbite occurs when your upper teeth overlap over your bottom teeth, often times hiding the surface of these bottom teeth. While most people have some degree of an overbite, serious overbites can cause accelerated wear on the teeth and jaw pain. Your dentist defines how serious your overbite is using percentages, leaving a healthy, non-problematic bite between 5 and 25%.

Depending on the severity of your overbite, your dentist may or may not suggest using rubber bands in combination with your Invisalign. This will speed up your treatment and help you get the results you want sooner.

Underbite

Make your bite healthier and more beautiful

graph of underbite

Underbites occur when your jaw is too far forward, leading your lower teeth to protrude beyond your upper teeth. Not only does this lead to a generally unsightly smile, but underbites can make it difficult to speak or chew. Additionally, your teeth can wear down quickly due to the uneven dispersion of pressure.

When it comes to Invisalign, cases like underbites can be difficult to fix. Your dentist will be able to assess your teeth and the severity of your underbite. From there, your dentist will make the call on whether or not Invisalign is right for you.


Crossbite

There is hope for complex Invisalign cases like this one

graph of crossbite

A crossbite is a combination between an overbite and an underbite. Some of the patient’s top teeth will be in front of the bottom teeth, some behind, causing the teeth to look extremely crooked. Not only is a crossbite a common smile insecurity, but a crossbite can cause serious oral health issues. Crossbitten teeth wear down and chip easily and can also cause receding gum lines and even bone loss.    

In many cases, Invisalign can fix a crossbite. If you have a crossbite, it’s important that you take the first steps and begin talking to your dentist about your options before your crossbite causes serious issues with your smile and overall oral health.

Gap teeth

An Easy Fix Among Invisalign Cases

graph of gap teeth

Gap teeth are another common issue observed in Invisalign cases. While they lead to smiling insecurity, they can also lead to serious oral health issues down the road. The excess space between teeth can increase your risk of getting cavities and can hurt your gums. If severely gapped teeth go untreated, these gaps can lead to gum disease.

Invisalign is equipped with Smart track technology that helps move gap teeth quickly, efficiently, and with a high level of predictability. This helps shape even severely gapped teeth into a beautiful, flawless smile.

Open bite

The smile insecurity that causes issues with eating

graph of open bite

An open bite occurs when your top and bottom teeth do not meet. This can be caused by either protruding front teeth or disproportionately sized molars. Open bites make it extremely difficult to eat foods that require your front teeth for chewing like apples and corn on the cob. Additionally, open bites can cause wearing of the molars.

The good news is that open bites are among the Invisalign cases that can be fixed with relative ease. The clear aligners will gradually pull your protruding teeth into place to make a beautiful, long-lasting smile.

Overcrowding

Fix crowded teeth for a beautiful smile

When your teeth don’t have enough space to fit on your jaw naturally they become overcrowded. In addition to being a serious smile insecurity, overcrowding can make brushing and flossing extremely difficult and sometimes inefficient. In addition to the oral health issues this causes, overcrowding can get worse over time and lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Luckily Invisalign is well-equipped to fix crowded teeth. Your dentist will put small clear ridges on your teeth to help get an extra grip and move even your most stubborn teeth into the ideal spot. The end result of Invisalign cases like overcrowding is a beautiful, perfectly-spaced smile that you can't wait to show off.


Think Invisalign could be the answer to your smile insecurity? Get in touch with Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics today and see if Invisalign is right for you!

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