Invisalign has been very effective for fixing many orthodontics issues; it offers comfortable treatment to orthodontic patients in Croydon who do not feel comfortable using metal braces. Being treated by Invisalign yield fast result—regular check-up might not be needed when you use clear aligners because the patient can change them at home.

The fact that Invisalign is an effective orthodontic treatment doesn’t mean it can fix all orthodontic problems, which is why you should seek the advice of your Orthodontist before embarking on any treatment plan.                                                  

Orthodontic issues treated by Invisalign

Certainly, all orthodontic issues cannot be treated by Invisalign because some patients may have more than one tooth problem at the same time. The following are orthodontic issues that can be treated by Invisalign:

  • Crossbite: A crossbite causes your teeth to wear out, chipping of teeth or even causes the gum to recede. It is a form of malocclusion where the teeth are either closer to the cheek or tongue. A crossbite treated by Invisalign help to move teeth into their correct position.
  • Crooked teeth: crooked teeth can restrict your smiles. Teeth straightening will be required if you want to enhance your smile and Invisalign is a suitable treatment for teeth straightening.
  • Gaps in teeth: people with gaps in their teeth may suffer pains or gum disease, which results from food caught up in their teeth and gums. Gaps in teeth can be treated by Invisalign, which closes the gaps creating a healthier mouth and smile.
  • Overbite: An overbite is when the upper and lower teeth overlap, which causes difficulty chewing, jaw pain or even gum damages. An overbite can be treated by Invisalign, which gradually moves the upper and lower teeth to align properly.
  • Underbite: An underbite can cause wearing out of teeth and difficulty in speech. It occurs when the lower jaw pushes forward, making the lower teeth appear in front of the upper teeth. An underbite being treated by Invisalign moves the lower teeth back to its natural position. Extreme cases of underbite may require braces combined with Invisalign for treatment.
  • Open bite: An open bite can be fixed by an Invisalign –the aligner moves the upper and lower teeth into position, so they close correctly.
  • Crowded teeth: An overcrowded teeth make the teeth to twist and overlap on the same jaw because there is no space for individual growth. The lack of space makes food and plaque to build up, which may lead to tooth decay and gum disease in the long run. Treating crowded teeth successfully with Invisalign depends on the complexity of the problem.

Limitations of Invisalign

Invisalign has some limitations when compared with other braces; it may not be effective in aligning complex orthodontic problems. In a complex orthodontic treatment, you might consider using other braces to achieve your desired result instead of Invisalign. Using Invisalign for the following situation may not work as effectively as braces:

  • Tooth position: some teeth may need to rotate or tilt to fit into the jaw in cases of overcrowded teeth. Using Invisalign may not be effective for alignment if rotation and tilting are more than 20 degrees and 45 degrees, respectively.
  • Midline movements: It is advisable you consider using braces if you want to correct your midline differences instead of Invisalign. Invisalign can only be effective in correcting midline differences that are not more than 2mm to the left or right per arch.  
  • Intrusion and extrusion: intrusion and extrusion is the process that involves raising and lowering the position of teeth in the jawbone to maintain the same teeth height. Braces are more effective to achieve the desired result in this process compared to Invisalign.
  • New dental work: new dental work like porcelain veneers that are done after Invisalign fabrication will make it ineffective in achieving your desired teeth alignment. All dental works that need to be done will have to wait until the desired alignment is achieved once the aligners have been fabricated.
  • Large gaps between teeth: Invisalign is not effective for closing up teeth gap that is more than 6mm per arch, considering it will only be a waste of time.
  • Previous dental work: Some dental works such as porcelain veneer and dental bridge you have done before may not support Invisalign because it will not bond to the surface.
  • Tooth shape: Some shapes of teeth such as short, round, pegged teeth do not support aligner because it will not grip well. Considering Invisalign treatment instead of braces for these shapes of teeth will not give you your desired result.

Use of Visible Attachments

Orthodontic patients in Croydon prefer the use of clear aligners for treating misaligned teeth because it cannot be noticed easily. Patients who have been reluctant to fix misaligned teeth simply because they do not feel comfortable can opt-in for Invisalign clear aligners now.

Improvement in technology and the experience of orthodontists is reducing the limitations on the use of Invisalign for teeth alignment day by day. Severe orthodontic issues can now be treated with Invisalign

Smile 4 U dental practice is well-known for offering quality orthodontic services. Please feel free to book an appointment with our dental specialist in Croydon to find out about which orthodontic treatment suits you the best.