Since Invisalign came into play, the world of orthodontics has been revolutionized. These clear plastic aligners have over five million users globally. When it comes to aesthetics, they are unrivaled, and this is their most appealing aspect.
It should, however, be noted that when looking for orthodontic treatment, aesthetics shouldn’t be the single thing you look for. Other treatment options like braces might do a better job of fixing your orthodontic problems compared to Invisalign.
This article talks in detail about the problems that can be fixed by Invisalign and those that cannot.
Problems Invisalign can fix
Here are the dental issues that could use some Invisalign:
- Crooked Teeth: If you are looking to straighten your teeth, aligners might just do the trick. Unlike contemporary braces that make use of a wire to pull or push teeth into alignment, Invisalign uses plastic aligners to achieve the same purpose. They function by exerting pressure on the teeth that within time, will yield and attain optimal alignment.
- Overbite: This is when your upper teeth overlap with your bottom teeth making chewing and biting into certain foods difficult. Can aligners be the solution? Yes. They may help move your upper teeth back for better alignment between the top and bottom teeth when you close your mouth.
- Underbite: With an underbite, the bottom teeth overlap with the upper teeth, i.e., when you close your mouth, your lower jaw closes over your upper jaw. The result is rapid teeth wear and speech difficulties. Invisalign can help move your lower teeth back for better alignment between the jaws. In severe cases, the issue can be addressed by combining these aligners and braces.
- Gaps Between your Teeth: A gap between a single tooth or numerous of them presents a spacing issue because there is excessive room in your mouth. This way, food particles may get lodged between your gums and teeth- a painful experience that may cause gum disease. Not only is closing these gaps a cosmetic issue, but it also improves your general oral health.
- Crowded Teeth: When there isn’t enough room in your jaw for all of your teeth, your teeth are likely to twist and overlap. This is collectively referred to as crowding. The reduced spacing makes it easier for food to get stuck and for plaque and tartar to build up. The result is increased gum disease and tooth decay.
How effective are aligners in fixing crowding problems? They can apply for some cases depending on the problem’s complexity and severity.
Compared to braces, aligners have lesser force and capabilities when it comes to moving teeth. Because of this, complex orthodontic problems in need of significant teeth movement need braces and not Invisalign for the desired outcome to be reached.
Here are some of the situations where you may have to opt for braces instead of Invisalign:
- Tooth Shape: Aligners may not fit over some teeth. Short, round, and pegged teeth or those with severe tips may prevent the aligner from achieving a good grip. That being said, you might want to consider braces if you want to align your teeth effectively.
- Tooth Position: Teeth can rotate or tilt to fit into an overcrowded mouth. A rotation of more than 20 degrees in molars renders Invisalign useless as the aligners are incapable of moving them for proper alignment. A tilt of over 45 degrees will be hard on the aligners that will struggle to pull up the tooth into the right position.
- Large Teeth Gaps: There is a limitation to the amount of space that can be closed up by aligners-six millimeters of space per arch.
- Previous Dental Work: Some dental work may exclude patients from considering using Invisalign. Patients with dental bridges, for instance, cannot be able to use Invisalign. The same applies to those with crowns and porcelain veneers.
Once you visit us at Laurelhurst Dentistry in Burnside Street, Poland, OR, to have your orthodontic problems treated, our dentist in Portland will first examine you to see if you are a suitable candidate for aligners or you will be better off with braces. Looking for Invisalign services in Portland or the surrounding communities? Call us today and book an appointment.