Orthodontics & Clear Braces/Aligners – More Than A Straight Smile

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Cover image for the benefits of Invisalign and the conditions it can treat

When you think of Orthodontics or clear braces you traditionally immediately think of straight teeth, and you’re correct for thinking that.

But did you know that Orthodontics help with so much more than just straightening your teeth and providing an aesthetic smile?

What Else Can Orthodontics / Clear Braces (Aligners) Do?

While it’s true that clear aligners like Invisalign do help with producing a straighter more aesthetically pleasing smile, they can also help treat much more serious and potentially expensive dental issues.

For example, Invisalign can be used to treat the following bite issues:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open Bite
  • Overcrowding
  • and Crossbite

Let’s examine each of these in further detail.

Invisalign and Overbite

An overbite is what happens when the upper teeth extend past the lower teeth. This is normally caused by genetics or overdevelopment of the jaw bone that supports the teeth. Left untreated, this leads to gum issues like gum recession, irritation, TMJ/TMD pain, joint problems, and mobility issues. Invisalign treatment can help correct this and lead to a healthier bite and can save you money down the road.

Invisalign and Underbite

An underbite is as you can guess the opposite of an overbite. It happens when the lower teeth distend past the upper teeth and is generally caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, and/or an overgrowth of the lower jaw. This can interrupt the normal function of your front teeth or molars, and result in uneven tooth wear. It can also lead to painful jaw and joint problems. Invisalign can be used to correct underbites and help prevent early tooth wear.

Invisalign and Open Bite

An open bite is a condition when your upper and lower teeth cannot make contact and achieve a proper bite. This condition is generally caused by a genetic abnormal jaw structure, or sometimes by excessive thumb sucking during childhood years. An open bite can cause pain when chewing and in some cases even speech impediments. Left untreated it can also lead to more expensive, and significant issues, like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Invisalign clear aligners can be used to correct this issue and prevent early wear.

Invisalign and Overcrowding

Traditionally overcrowding is treated with metal braces or in some cases clear braces. However, Invisalign has also proved effective in treating this condition where teeth do not have enough room in your jaw to fit comfortably. Left untreated, overly crowded teeth can worsen in both appearances as well as damage to your oral health. Overcrowding can result in the accumulation of plaque, tooth decay, and a higher risk of gum disease.

Invisalign and Crossbite

A crossbite occurs when both upper and lower jaws are misaligned, causing one or more teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth. It can happen on both sides of the mouth. This condition causes uneven wear of teeth, gums, and could result in bone loss which then could lead to expensive implants, or dentures. Invisalign can help to treat crossbite, and restore a balanced bite, and improve your overall oral health.

Is Orthodontic Treatment Necessary?

While many consider orthodontics to be a luxury, the cost of aligning your bite, and fixing your smile could be far less expensive than the dental costs associated later in life.

Why not ask the team at Belmar Park Dental Care if you are a candidate for Invisalign?

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