Invisalign is now one of the most popular treatment options helping people in Milton Keynes achieve healthy and beautiful smiles. This non-invasive orthodontic treatment uses clear, removable plastic aligners to provide patients with a convenient and virtually invisible way to straighten their teeth.
Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign teeth straightening treatment offers a more comfortable treatment option, and in many cases it also helps achieve faster results.
The great thing about Invisalign aligners is that they can be removed for eating and cleaning, and this means that you can still eat your favourite foods and you can clean your teeth without the obstructions of fixed braces,
We recommend wearing your aligners for between 22-24 hours a day during your treatment period, and typical treatment periods are between 6-12 months depending on the complexity of the case.
In this blog, we have noted 8 dental issues that can be fixed with Invisalign. If you recognise a challenge that you are facing, which may be affecting your confidence, then Invisalign may be for you.
However, do note that although many dental issues can be treated with Invisalign, with more complex cases other procedures or appliances may be needed, either before or alongside Invisalign to get the best results. Our highly experienced clinical director, Dr Teresa, can advise on the best treatment for you.
#1: Crooked Teeth
Crooked teeth can make you hide your smile and is one of the most likely reasons for wanting to straighten your teeth. If you have no other orthodontic problems, this can be relatively easy to treat with Invisalign. Teeth straightening can be a great confidence booster and is great treatment for better overall dental health.
#2: Deep Overbite
Your overbite is a measure of how much your lower teeth are hidden by your upper teeth when you close your teeth together. A normal overbite would allow around ½ of the height of your lower teeth to be seen when you close your teeth.
If you have a deep overbite, you may not see any of your lower teeth when you close together. This can be very damaging to the teeth and to the gums in front of the lower incisors and to the roof of the mouth behind the upper incisors. Invisalign is very good at treating a deep overbite and will save you from dental damage and pain in the future.
Your overjet is how far your upper teeth protrude in front of your lower teeth, often referred to as ‘bugs bunny teeth’. It is often caused by thumb sucking as a baby or toddler
A normal overjet would be around 2-3mm, and barely noticeable. It becomes an issue when it is over 5 or 6 mm as it prevents you from closing your lips properly and can affect your speech.
Invisalign is a great way to correct an increased overjet, and will have you smiling happily again
An underbite is the opposite of an overjet. An underbite can cause joint and jaw pain.
It can cause your teeth to wear and can also interfere with your chewing and speaking abilities. If this is the kind of dental issue you have, Invisalign can help, but you might need other appliances to get a full correction, depending on how bad your underbite is.
#5: Anterior Open Bite
If your upper and lower front teeth don’t meet when you close your mouth, then you have an open bite. It is a condition that usually happens when a thumb or dummy is used over a long period. An open bite can also affect your appearance and makes it hard to bite into some foods. It can also cause a lisp and cracked back teeth in the long run.
Invisalign can help shift the upper and lower teeth into position to fix an open bite. It is most often used in conjunction with an appliance such as a Myobrace to correct the tongue and lip muscles which have acquired bad habits.
#6: Cross Bite
When you close your mouth and some of your upper teeth rest right inside your lower teeth rather than on the outside, you are having what is called a crossbite. You can have a front crossbite or back crossbite, depending on which teeth are affected. The problem can be a result of trauma, the early loss of baby teeth, or poor oral hygiene.
A crossbite can cause permanent changes in facial structure and also jaw joint pain as you try to compensate by moving your jaw to one side. It can also wear and chip the teeth while also impacting jaw growth. Invisalign can fix a crossbite, giving you greater comfort and preventing further damage.
#7: Over-Spaced Teeth
Do you have gaps between two or more of your teeth? Then you should seek how to fix it. Extra space between your teeth can impact your smile and the health of your gums. Food particles can be trapped in the gaps, causing bad odour and gum diseases.
Invisalign is a great treatment option for gappy teeth. It can close the gaps and align the teeth to help put life back into your smile.
#8: Crowded Teeth
Sometimes, your teeth may become twisted, overlap, or get pushed behind or in front of neighbouring teeth. It appears as though there is just not enough room to accommodate the teeth, so they become bunched up together instead of evenly spaced along the jaw.
Crowded teeth are often difficult to brush or floss, hence encouraging the growth of bacteria and plaque. This can cause tooth decay or gum disease down the line. So, you shouldn’t wait until you have problems before you fix crowded teeth. Invisalign can help fix the issue faster than you imagine.
Want to improve the look and overall dental health of your teeth? Then call our team in Milton Keynes on 01908 230209 and we can arrange a free, online consultation.