The positions of your teeth are essential for more than just a beautiful smile. If you live with misalignment problems, they can also affect your oral health and functions. If your upper and lower teeth don’t fit together ideally, it can lead to a variety of issues, like worn enamel, difficulty eating, or chronic jaw pain. Thankfully, you can correct your bite without the unsightly appearance of metal brackets and wires. Invisalign can discreetly move your teeth to give you the functional, straight smile you deserve.
A poorly aligned bite can cause complications and challenges in many areas of your life. If your teeth don’t rest together properly, you may not be able to bite or chew certain foods, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies that harm your general health.
Your jaw may also rest in an uncomfortable position, creating uneven pressure on your teeth and temporomandibular joint. Besides jaw pain, you might experience several complications with your oral health, like uneven enamel erosion, breaks, or fractures. You’ll even have an increased risk of dental emergencies if there’s trauma or impact to the face or mouth.
Invisalign uses clear aligners worn over the teeth to apply consistent pressure to gradually move them. This allows you to fix alignment and bite imperfections without metal braces. Invisalign has been shown to be effective for improving several malocclusion problems, including:
The upper teeth can extend too far over the lower ones. This can cause the lower teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.
The teeth in the bottom jaw can rest over the upper teeth, creating an underbite.
If the back teeth don’t fit correctly, it can lead to a disorder of the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull on either side of your face.
In some instances, the upper teeth can sit inside the bottom teeth. Often, this leads to excessive enamel erosion. It can even hinder proper jaw growth.
If the upper and lower teeth don’t overlap when the mouth is closed, it can result in an open bite. Most often, it’s caused by thumb or finger sucking as a child.
If you’re ready to invest in your dental health and your overall wellness, you might be a candidate for Invisalign. We’ll perform an extensive consultation to ensure clear aligners can correct your bite and alignment needs. In addition, you must be self-disciplined to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day and switch to the next one on time. Invisalign is best for patients who are committed to their oral hygiene at home and visit their dentist regularly. After examining your smile and discussing your lifestyle, we’ll create a customized treatment plan to move your teeth.
If you’re ready to choose the clear choice in orthodontics, contact our office today to schedule your consultation for Invisalign.