6 Teeth Conditions Invisalign® Can Correct
It’s more than just correcting misaligned teeth
A set of perfectly aligned pearly whites is more than just about the aesthetics.
Occlusion is defined as the way the upper and lower jaw meets. Normal occlusion, which is a neatly aligned set of teeth, makes it possible for healthy oral functions such as chewing food properly, encourage healthy speech development as well as keeping oral and health conditions associated with poor oral health at bay. With normal occlusion, your teeth should fit well within your mouth, without any twisted or misaligned teeth.
However, in some instances normal occlusion does not occur and this is known as malocclusion. Malocclusion can be caused by several factors such as your jaw size, misaligned jaw, poor dental health and long-term effects of bad habits such as thumb sucking.
What happens if misaligned teeth are left untreated?
An obvious sign of malocclusion would be crooked or misaligned teeth and for some individuals, this would be the reason why you would opt to get your teeth corrected.
However, if you’re on the fence about this, you should also know some of the consequences if misaligned teeth are left as it is.
If left untreated, malocclusion could lead to serious dental health issues such as:
- Chewing – Chewing may be affected and this could adversely affect digestion.
- Periodontal disease – As crooked or misaligned teeth would make it more difficult to thoroughly clean in between your teeth. Hence, this could lead to gum diseases and tooth decay due to the build-up of bacteria.
- Speech difficulties – Misaligned teeth can affect speech and the pronunciation of words.
- Self-esteem – A set of misaligned teeth can affect your confidence. You may be self-conscious each time you smile or talk and this could also affect your social life.
Correcting teeth conditions with Invisalign®
The good news is, malocclusion can be addressed and corrected with the help of a professional orthodontist and a good pair of aligners. While some clear aligners are able to only tackle basic dental conditions, Invisalign® on the other hand (after having undergone much research and development), are clear aligners that treat more than just misaligned teeth. Customised treatments provided by dentists with the use of Invisalign® can transform your smile by correcting dental conditions caused by malocclusion.
Dental conditions that can be addressed and corrected with Invisalign® include:
#1 Crowded teeth
What is it? Crowded teeth happen when your mouth does not have enough room for all your teeth to fit perfectly within it. Hence, this will cause your teeth to overlap, twist, getting it pushed towards the front or back.
What are the possible complications? Young children may not find an issue with teeth that are not perfectly aligned except for aesthetic reasons. However, it is important to take note that crowded teeth can make it difficult to brush and floss well. Hence, this could make it easier for plaque and bacteria to build-up in the mouth.
What is it? An overbite is when the teeth of your upper jaw overlap the teeth of your lower jaw. An overbite is not just about the aesthetics. A slight overbite may not require any treatment but a deep overbite can pose serious dental health risks as well as health issues.
What are the possible complications? It can affect the your face shape, cause headaches and you may tend to clench your jaw or grind your teeth more. Hence, causing pain in your jaw.
What is it? You may have guessed it right. Underbite is the opposite of an overbite whereby the teeth of your lower jaw is in front of the teeth of your upper jaw. The problem of underbite occurs when your jaw is too far forward. Invisalign® aligners are able to treat some cases of underbite. For very severe cases, surgery together with Invisalign® may be recommended to treat the issue.
Why is it a concern? Individuals with an underbite will have difficulties with chewing food, speaking and the teeth of your lower jaw might wear down faster too.
What is it? A crossbite is when your teeth are not aligned well over each other when your mouth is closed. Factors such as genetics and a prolonged thumb sucking habit contribute to crossbite.
Why is it a concern? Crossbite can cause tooth decay, sleep apneoa (a sleep disorder that could be potentially serious), frequent headaches, pain in your jaw as well as shoulder and neck muscles.
#5 Open bite
What is it? Open bite is when your teeth are not aligned well when your mouth is closed. Unlike under or overbite, open bite is when your teeth from the upper and lower jaw do not meet.
Why is it a concern? Open bite can make it difficult to chew and bite food. This dental condition can also interfere with speech and cause dental problems such as fractured teeth.
#6 Gap teeth
What is it? Victoria Secret supermodel Lily Adridge and several other fashion models have ‘normalise’ gap teeth as a unique feature of themselves but could it pose danger to your oral health? Gap teeth is defined as spacing in between two or more of your teeth.
Why is it a concern? Gap teeth may not pose very serious oral health concerns unlike other dental conditions. Nonetheless, this does not mean that it will not affect your oral health. Gap teeth create pockets in between your gums and teeth and this makes it easier for food to get stuck in between. This could cause sore gums and over time, it could lead to gum diseases.
Correction is possible
Correcting a dental condition is a personal choice but it is always important to keep in mind that if left untreated, the health and developmental consequences of these treatable dental conditions go beyond aesthetic reasons.
The right treatment option can give you a positive experience as you journey towards having a set of perfectly aligned teeth while eliminating future problems caused by the dental condition.
Correcting a dental condition is a very personalised experience and hence, it’s important to opt for a treatment option that will cater to your dental needs. Clear aligners such as Invisalign® is an option to consider as its transparent aligners which uses a patented material, are designed to fit your teeth well while doing its job of correcting your set of pearly whites.
Including for young ones!
If you’ve noticed that your child is presenting signs of a dental condition, tackling it early could help to reduce treatment time and ultimately, dental expenses. Invisalign® have a range of clear aligners just for children. The Invisalign® First are aligners designed to tackle dental conditions among younger children including teeth straightening issues, crowding and spacing.
To get started on your journey to perfectly aligned teeth, speak to your dentist to discuss the best treatment option available.
Article first published on 22 February 2021