What kind of bite problems can Invisalign correct?
Whenever the upper arch of teeth does not accurately align with the bottom arch, this creates a malocclusion. The result produces an overbite, under bite, or cross bite. Invisalign clear aligners can straighten teeth correcting the bite resulting in healthier teeth and gums and a beautiful smile makeover.
Teeth grow out of alignment for several reasons. A primary cause is that the jaw is too small to accommodate permanent teeth. The teeth are going to try to push their way in, resulting in overcrowding, forcing teeth out or in, or teeth may literally turn aside to make room resulting in crooked teeth.
Another cause of an overbite is due to external factors like thumb sucking. The force from regular sucking can literally push teeth outward when allowed to continue. While breaking this habit in a small child may seem daunting, there are ways to discourage thumb sucking.
Young children suck their thumbs while sleeping, watching TV or reading, which presents a kind reminder when this activity is noticed. But you can’t monitor your child 24/7. Wearing a glove to bed or putting some kind of deterrent on your child’s thumb may seem like an unpopular choice, but the alternative is going to be orthodontic care.
When a malocclusion occurs and teeth straightening is needed, Invisalign clear aligners are ideal for teens and adults because they are:
Clear – Teeth are straightened with practically invisible aligners.
Comfortable – There are no metal wires, brackets, or bands that can poke or abrade soft oral tissue.
Removable – This feature allows the aligners to be taken out for meals and snacks. The patient can brush and floss daily without obstruction, and regular visits to the dentist for teeth cleaning and dental exams can be done to perpetuate great oral health throughout orthodontic treatment.
Convenient – Instead of trips to the dentist to have wires tightened to keep teeth moving, aligners are replaced every few weeks to achieve results.
Aligners are to be worn a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day for teeth straightening to be completed in the designated time frame.
At treatment completion, the patient will have achieved a smile makeover; but just as importantly the patient will have straight teeth eliminating areas where overcrowding and crooked teeth make daily oral hygiene difficult to achieve.
Contact Erickson Dental at 972-717-0077 today to meet with our specialist and determine if Invisalign is right for you or your child.