7 Problems that Invisalign Corrects

Do you wish you could straighten your teeth without metal braces? Invisalign ® is a state-of-the-art orthodontic system that uses gentle pressure to shift your teeth into the desired location. No need for brackets or metal wires!

Dr. Kenneth Higgins and our experienced team offer Invisalign to adults and teens here at IDTC Dental Center in Grand Prairie, Texas. But is this system right for you? In this article, Dr. Higgins shares seven problems that can be corrected with this innovative treatment.

1. Diastema

Diastema — more often known as gapped teeth — is one of the most common orthodontic complaints. Gaps, especially between your front teeth, can be a cosmetic concern, but they can also make it easy for food to get stuck between your teeth. 

Invisalign can correct both small and large gaps in your teeth without the hassle of metal brackets.

2. Crowding

Crowding can lead to teeth that overlap, and while this can also be a cosmetic issue, it impacts your oral health, too. Teeth that are crowded tightly are more difficult to floss, and if you can’t effectively remove plaque from between your teeth, your chance of developing a cavity between your teeth increases. 

Invisalign can help straighten out your teeth, which makes them easier to floss, and as a result of better flossing, you reduce your chance of those pesky interproximal cavities. 

3. Crooked teeth

Sometimes adult teeth are crooked without necessarily overlapping each other. Genetics, oral habits (including thumb sucking), facial injuries that contributed to premature loss of your baby teeth all play a role in whether or not your teeth are crooked. Invisalign clear aligners can shift your teeth so that they are generally straighter.

4. Open bite

If you have an open bite, your front teeth and bottom teeth won’t meet. This can make it challenging to make certain sound combinations. It can also make eating uncomfortable and dangerous — if you can’t chew your food thoroughly. 

Thankfully, an open bite is listed as one of the many bite issues corrected with Invisalign clear aligner trays.

5. Crossbite

You might have a crossbite if some of your upper teeth are tucked behind your lower teeth when you close your mouth. Left untreated, crossbites can increase the wear and tear on your teeth, which can lead to chips and fractures. 

Straightening your teeth and correcting your bite can help you avoid the unwanted chips and fractures associated with a crossbite.

6. Underbite

Like an untreated crossbite, untreated underbites can also increase your risk of uneven wear and tear on your teeth. 

Note: not all underbites can be corrected with orthodontic treatment alone. Some severe bite issues may require surgery followed by orthodontic treatment.

7. Overbite 

Many people have some degree of an overbite, which is when your upper teeth overlap your teeth. However, a large overbite can wear down your teeth. 

Benefits of Invisalign treatment

Whether you are interested in Invisalign for purely cosmetic reasons or to address a bite issue, there are many reasons to consider Invisalign.

Treatment with Invisalign is:  

If you’d like to learn more about Invisalign or find out if it’s right for you, call Dr. Higgins at 972-362-2375 and request your consultation. You can also book your appointment online easily.

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