Many Think That Invisalign Only Straightens Teeth, It Can Also Treat A Wide Range Of Orthodontic Issues. Learn More About The Versatility Of Invisalign Today!

What Can Invisalign Fix?

What Can Invisalign Fix?

As an alternative to traditional metal and clear braces, Invisalign is often labeled only as a solution that helps patients achieve straighter teeth. While it is a very effective treatment method for creating straighter smiles, the orthodontic applications for Invisalign are more numerous than many would believe.


With crooked teeth, patients are experiencing an orthodontic condition known as “malocclusions” that requires treatment such as braces or Invisalign to fix. However, crooked teeth are only one type of malocclusion, with many more variations that patients can experience that can make it difficult to maintain good oral hygiene, cause bite discomfort, and lead to more serious dental problems in the future.


At Loeb Orthodontics, we only offer the most advanced orthodontic treatments to our patients to ensure that they have the most healthy and radiant smiles possible. We offer Invisalign, because it not only straightens teeth, but treats the following orthodontic conditions as well.


Tooth Crowding


One of the most common reasons why patients develop crooked teeth, crowding occurs when there is not enough room in your jaw to fit all of your teeth naturally. Due to the lack of space, the teeth force each other to erupt out of the gums in various directions in order to it in whatever space is available.  If left untreated, the degree of tooth crowding can become worse over time. Crowded teeth are difficult to keep clean, since plaque can accumulate in areas where a toothbrush cannot effectively reach or where teeth are pressed so tightly together that floss cannot fit through easily. This can lead to higher chances of developing more serious oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.


With Invisalign, the clear aligners will apply small amounts of pressure to the teeth to move them into more ideal positions. At the end of your Invisalign treatment, you will wear a retainer that will ensure give your jaw time to adjust to the new positioning of your teeth.

Gaps In Teeth


Gaps in between teeth develop for two main reasons. First, gaps can be caused by a permanent tooth being removed or lost, where the remaining teeth shift their positioning due to the extra space. Alternatively, gaps can form due to a natural process where the jawbone experiences abnormal continued growth that creates more room for your teeth than is needed.  Regardless of how they develop, gaps in your teeth leave your gums unprotected, putting them at greater risk for developing adverse conditions such as periodontal disease.


Overbite & Underbite


Both overbite and underbite are orthodontic issues where the one part of the jaw overlaps the other, which can lead to accelerated wear on the teeth and painful or uncomfortable issues with the jaw or mouth joints.  


Overbite is when the upper jaw overlaps the lower teeth, and is typically a result of bad oral habits, a higher than average growth rate of the supporting jaw bone, or even genetics passed down to you from your family.  


Underbite is when the lower jaw overlaps the upper teeth when biting down, and it typically the result of the a higher growth rate for the lower jaw, slower growth rate of the upper jaw, or a combination of both.  


Both issues of an overlapping jaw can be corrected with Invisalign, with the clear aligners helping your teeth and jaw adjust to a new, more comfortable bite position. The aligners can also help protect your teeth from wear, as the durable plastic will prevent your teeth from grinding against each other due to an imperfect bite.


Open Bite


An open bite is when a person bites down, but their teeth on the top and bottom jaw do not come into contact with each other, leaving an open space. Open bites can develop due to poor oral habits such as thumb-sucking during childhood, or can be passed down through a family’s genetics.  Open bites can lead to more serious issues if left untreated, including speech impairment, painful or uncomfortable chewing, and even a condition known as TMJ, temporomandibular joint disorder.


With Invisalign, an open bite can be easily fixed as the teeth will move into their ideal positioning where they fit together naturally when biting down, creating a more comfortable bite and either preventing or alleviating TMJ and its symptoms.


Cross-bite


Crossbite is a unique orthodontic condition where both the upper and lower jaws are misaligned, creating an overlapping effect where only some of the upper teeth bite down behind the lower teeth, resembling a partial underbite on either the front or sides.  The type of malocclusion can lead to accelerated wear on the teeth and bone loss, as well as gum disease.


Crossbites can be corrected with Invisalign, moving the teeth and re-aligning both the upper and lower jaw for a more natural looking and feeling bite.


Contact Loeb Orthodontics To Learn More About Invisalign!


If you want a straighter, more beautiful smile, choose the professionals who have helped countless patients from achieve new smiles all the way from Oakland and  Wayne to Franklin Lakes, and Wykcoff, NJ. Contact us a Loeb Orthodontics if you have any questions about Invisalign, the orthodontic treatment that we offer, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with us. Start on the path to a healthier smile with us, and see if Invisalign is right for you. We look forward to helping you transform your smile!