What kind of bite problems can Invisalign correct?

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Invisalign, a type of clear braces, can be used to correct a wide range of bite problems. Many people prefer this type of orthodontic treatment to traditional braces because Invisalign clear braces are much more attractive than metal braces and rubber bands. If you have a problem with your bite, your orthodontist can determine if Invisalign will work well for you.

How Invisalign Works

Traditional braces use metal brackets that are affixed to the fronts of the teeth (or to the backs of the teeth in the case of lingual braces). Rubber bands are attached to these brackets, and the force exerted by the rubber bands gradually move the teeth into the proper position. With Invisalign, the teeth are shifted through use of a sequence of custom-made, clear plastic trays. Each tray is shaped slightly differently and is designed to gradually move the teeth as you wear the tray.

When you are undergoing Invisalign treatment, you must wear each tray for at least twenty-two hours every day. Each tray is worn for about two weeks before you move on to the next. By the time you reach the end of the sequence, your teeth will be in the proper position. At this point, you will wear a retainer to ensure your teeth stay in the right place.

Choosing Invisalign

Invisalign is used commonly in orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry to correct minor misalignment. However, it can also be used to correct major problems with malocclusion, including:

  • Overbite—when the upper teeth protrude past the lower teeth
  • Underbite—when the lower teeth protrude past the upper teeth
  • Cross Bite—typically characterized by an overbite on one side and an underbite on the other

In some cases, additional appliances are used in conjunction with Invisalign to accomplish more extensive correction. If you have extreme malocclusion, however, it might prove to be more efficient and more effective to use traditional braces.

Contact us today to determine what the best approach is to correct your specific issues!