Malpositioned teeth and jaws? No need to fret as Invisalign surely is a game-changer. Be it an adult or a teen, if you are seeking to avoid metal braces, getting the clear plastic aligner is the answer and one step closer to getting the orthodontic treatment you desire. This system has captured the interest of over five million patients globally. Though, it is vital to take note of the fact that certain cases require braces and actually may prove to be more suitable. Thus, one must always take a consultation and get expert advice. In this article, Dr. Matt Luairch answers your question, “what can Invisalign treat?”
What can Invisalign treat? Invisalign can treat a number of orthodontic issues depending on the severity of the case. Dr. Matt Laurich from Laurich Dentistry highlights oral problems that Invisalign can fix.
For those that wish to improve the impression of their smile and are looking to straighten it, Invisalign can do the job just right.
An overbite appears to be in instances where the upper jaw is not aligned with the lower jaw and closes way too far in front of the lower teeth. This becomes a problem when chewing food and biting becomes a problem. Invisalign helps in the alignment of the top and bottom teeth and so, one can in certain cases depend on Invisalign to move teeth.
In the case of the bottom teeth being in front of the upper teeth, apart from accuracy in speech, there is a likelihood of teeth to wear more quickly. Invisalign may be used for treating an underbite though in instances of severity, a combination of both Invisalign and braces would be used.
Such a situation may result in our teeth to chip and contribute towards receding of gums. In most cases, Invisalign can move teeth in the correct desired position.
Gaps in teeth
Spacing issues can be dealt with Invisalign by closing the gaps. Though, this comes with limitations in the amount of space that needs to be taken care off.
This can be fixed with Invisalign when upper and lower teeth do not meet.
Overlapping of teeth and the visible twist can be fixed with Invisalign, though severely complex cases may need braces.
Limitations of Invisalign
We all must be aware of how strong and forceful braces can be. Unfortunately, Invisalign does not have the same capability. This is particularly why certain cases that are rather complex, rely more on braces for the movement of teeth as that is the only way to achieve what has been expected.
The following factors illustrate and shed light upon a few situations where braces may be a safer bet.
The shape of our teeth may determine whether or not they can fit inside aligners. Those that have the disadvantage of having round, short or pegged teeth, the aligner may not be able to get a strong grip which will surely defeat the purpose of moving the teeth in the desired position.
In the case of overcrowding, our teeth may rotate to make space. For molars, Invisalign fails to move them if they rotate for over 20 degrees. This can increase in the case of premolars, canines as well as incisors. More so, it may be a struggle to pull the teeth upwards in the correct position if the tilt is more than 45 degrees.
Large Gaps Between Teeth
Unfortunately, Invisalign does not have the capability of closing gaps that are beyond 6mm of space per arch (upper jaw or lower jaw), be it a single or several gaps.
Intrusion and Extrusion
Usually, the positioning of teeth is changed via raising or lowering in the jawbone. This is done to achieve the same height of teeth. Taking this into perspective, one must know that while braces are able to move teeth in position by force, Invisalign, on the contrary, are rather limited in movement in front teeth and little or none in the back teeth.
The term midline refers to the imaginary line that runs down the middle of our face, and in certain cases, patients have teeth that do not match the midline. With Invisalign, this discrepancy can be taken care of by 2mm per arch to either the left or right side. If there is a need for more change, braces have to be the more befitting option.
Previous Dental Work
Work done prior to using Invisalign can bar patients from their use. A bridge makes it even more difficult and unlikely for Invisalign to succeed.
New Dental Work
In the case of having porcelain veneers or crowns after Invisalign retainers are made, manipulating teeth in place may not be as effective.
Extractions are Required
Those patients that require extractions either prior or during treatment, are not good candidates for Invisalign.
Use of Visible Attachments
We asked our friend, Dr. Fardi Farhat, a dentist in Sterling Heights about Invisalign. Dr. Farhat says that Invisalign is sought out more than traditional braces because of being virtually invisible. Though, certain cases require the use of attachments that are slightly visible since they are enamel colored.