Over the years we learn to hide certain flaws in our smile with different adjustments. Most people don’t realize just how many imperfections Invisalign addresses when it comes to misaligned teeth. Carl F. Lipe, DDS and his associates at Denver Dental Implants enlighten patients in Denver, Colorado about Invisalign and how it addresses the following tooth alignment issues.
An overbite causes your upper front teeth to protrude out prominently over your lower teeth. The issue could be related to your jaw structure or habits from your childhood like sucking your thumb tongue-thrusting. It’s possible to develop an overbite from habits formed later in life, like nail-biting.
Having too large of an overbite can cause issues like pain or prematurely wearing down your teeth. Invisalign trays can pull your front teeth back enough degrees to where it no longer interferes with your normal functions.
Underbites refer to situations where your lower bottom teeth end up overlapping your upper teeth. It’s also caused primarily by issues with jaw alignment. It’s also a common occurrence in patients with Crouzon syndrome.
Many people feel having an underbite may cause them to seem like they’re expressing an unintended emotion. By fixing milder underbites with Invisalign trays, you can remove this social barrier and feel more comfortable smiling and communicating with others. Severe underbites may require additional surgery followed by using Invisalign trays to keep teeth in place.
Realigning crowded teeth
Some people find they don’t have enough jaw room to accommodate all their teeth. Having this condition causes their teeth to push up against each other, forcing them out of their proper alignment. They end up twisted and bent back in ways making people feel self-conscious when they smile.
Crowded teeth also present a challenge when it comes to maintaining proper dental hygiene. It’s harder to brush and floss teeth when they’re badly misaligned. Invisalign can pull your teeth back into correct position and make it easier to keep your teeth properly cleaned.
Closing gaps in your teeth
Gaps can occur if your teeth don’t match the size of your jaw bones, or you end up losing teeth. Your other teeth may shift over to fill the space, leaving other gaps. Other habits like sucking your thumb can also lead to the formation of gaps.
Having visible gaps in your teeth often causes issues with trapped food after you eat. Many people find themselves experiencing soreness and can end up with gum disease if the problem continues. Using Invisalign helps close these spaces, removing this risk and making the smile more aesthetically preferable for patients.
Fixing your open bite
An open bite is when your upper and lower teeth don’t meet when your mouth is closed. You may find yourself having issues eating foods like apples. You can also develop speech impediments like lisps due to your teeth failing to join properly.
Open bites often occur from issues with jaw alignment. Children still dealing with a mix of adult and baby teeth may also have this problem. Invisalign can help address this problem, helping you improve your speech issues and correct your smile.
Make an appointment today
Don’t worry if you don’t see your specific issue on this list. These are just some of the problems Invisalign addresses. Patients interested in Invisalign in Denver, Colorado should call our office at (303) 558-6231 to schedule a consultation. We’re always glad to answer any questions you have.