What Issues Can Clear Aligners Fix?
Clear aligners revolutionized the way people look at orthodontic treatment. While clear aligners allow people to love the appearance of their smile and avoid many of the discomforts of braces throughout the process, there should be more to consider when choosing orthodontic treatment. You should consider which treatment option will best treat your individual situation. While you should speak with Dr. Meyer before making your final decision, we have included issues that clear aligners can effectively treat.
Clear aligners are very effective at treating crooked teeth. They offer a great solution for people to align their teeth and love their smiles.
Overbite & Underbite
Clear aligners can be used to treat both an overbite and an underbite. An overbite is when the top front teeth extend beyond the bottom of your bottom front teeth. An underbite is when the lower jaw rests in front of the top jaw when the mouth is closed. Clear aligners can be used to move either the top or bottom teeth into the right place so that they align properly with the mouth closed.
A crossbite occurs when teeth don’t line up properly with the mouth closed. This could be the top teeth in the back of your mouth resting inside your bottom teeth or could be one or more of your top front teeth resting behind your bottom front teeth. Invisalign® can move teeth into the proper positions and treat a crossbite.
Gaps in Teeth & Crowded Teeth
These opposite issues can both be treated by clear aligners. Gaps in teeth occur when there are large spaces between teeth. Crowded teeth happen when there is not enough room in the jaw for all of the teeth, often causing them to overlap or twist. Crowded teeth can make it easy for food to get stuck or plaque to build up, and should be addressed to keep optimal oral health.
Limitations of Clear Aligners
While clear aligners are an excellent option for many orthodontic issues, they do have their limitations. There are times when it may be best to go with braces. For severe orthodontic issues and intrusion and extrusion, braces often offer the force that is needed. It’s also important to note that clear aligners continue to get better and better. We can now treat more complex orthodontic situations than we could even a few years ago. If you think clear aligners are the right treatment option for you, contact our Clarksville office at 931-431-0200.