When you start the journey of looking into how to straighten your teeth, the process can often start with understanding if the treatment you’re considering can address the type of concern that you have. Invisalign can effectively treat many different teeth straightening cases, ranging from common concerns like crooked teeth and gaps to more complex issues such as overcrowding and open bites. In this guide, we go through all of the different cases that Invisalign can effectively treat.

With Invisalign teeth straightening, you get the benefit of not only being able to eat and drink what you want throughout your treatment, but also no one will be able to notice you’re wearing braces!

1. Crossbite

When you bite down, do your top teeth position themselves inside your bottom teeth? If so, you may have a crossbite!

A crossbite occurs when one or more upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth when the jaws are closed, rather than the upper teeth resting outside the lower teeth as they should. This misalignment can lead to discomfort, uneven wear on teeth, and even jaw pain.

Crossbites can occur in various forms:

  • Anterior Crossbite: This occurs when the front upper teeth sit behind the lower front teeth when the jaw is closed.
  • Posterior Crossbite: In this case, one or more upper back teeth sit inside the lower back teeth when biting down.

A crossbite is one of the many cases that can be treated using Invisalign, by gradually adjusting the position of the teeth, Invisalign helps restore harmony to the bite, promoting proper function and aesthetics.

Below is an example of a crossbite, before and after Invisalign treatment, with Dr Amo. 

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2. Gap Teeth

Gap teeth, also known as diastema, are spaces between teeth that can occur for various reasons, such as genetics or the size of the jawbone compared to the size of the teeth.

While many people seek gap closure for cosmetic reasons, addressing diastema through Invisalign can also have oral health benefits. Large gaps between teeth may lead to issues like food impaction, gum irritation, and even periodontal disease if left unaddressed. By closing these spaces, Invisalign not only enhances the appearance of the smile but also promotes better oral hygiene and reduces the risk of associated dental problems.

Gap teeth Invisalign case by Dr Amo: 

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3. Generally straighter teeth

If you’re after a generally straighter smile without the hassle of traditional braces, Invisalign offers an ideal solution. Whether addressing minor misalignments or more complex cases, Invisalign can gradually shift teeth into their desired positions, resulting in a beautifully straightened smile.

Properly aligned teeth contribute to better bite function, reducing the risk of issues like jaw pain, teeth grinding, and uneven wear.

Generally straighter teeth Invisalign case by Dr Amo:

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4. Crowded teeth

Crowded teeth occur when there is insufficient space in the jaw for all of the teeth to align properly. This can lead to overlapping, twisting, or crooked teeth, which may affect oral health and the look of your smile. Invisalign addresses crowded teeth by gently guiding them into alignment over time, by creating space and repositioning the teeth.

Addressing crowded teeth with Invisalign goes beyond cosmetic improvement; it also offers significant oral health benefits. Crowded teeth can contribute to various issues such as difficulty in cleaning between teeth, which may lead to an increased risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. By aligning crowded teeth properly, Invisalign helps create a more harmonious bite, reducing the likelihood of problems like uneven wear, jaw pain, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

Crowded teeth Invisalign case by Dr Amo: 

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5. Open bite

An open bite occurs when the upper and lower teeth do not make contact when the mouth is closed. It can sometimes been caused by childhood habits like thumb sucking or pacifier use. This condition can interfere with proper chewing, speech, and may lead to jaw pain or dysfunction.

Beyond improving the appearance of the smile, closing an open bite can also enhance chewing and speaking abilities, as well as reduce the risk of jaw pain and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Additionally, correcting an open bite can help prevent issues like speech impediments and excessive wear on the teeth. By creating a more harmonious bite relationship, Invisalign not only enhances the aesthetics of the smile but also promotes better oral function and overall dental health.

Open bite Invisalign case by Dr Amo:

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6. Under bite

An under bite is a dental condition characterised by the lower front teeth protruding outward beyond the upper front teeth when the mouth is closed. In a normal bite, the upper front teeth should slightly overlap the lower front teeth, but in an under bite, the lower teeth extend beyond the upper teeth. Under bites can vary in severity, with some cases involving only a slight protrusion of the lower teeth and others having a more pronounced lower jaw protrusion.

This misalignment can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics or abnormal tooth eruption. Severe underbites can lead to problems with speech, chewing, and facial aesthetics, and may also contribute to issues like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

Invisalign can correct underbites, by gradually moving teeth into the desired position.

Underbite case by Dr Amo:

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If you have any of these teeth straightening concerns, the Invisalign process is always the same!

Step 1 – A complimentary consultation with Dr Amo, that can be booked online using our online booking link here. Alternatively, you can get in touch. During the consultation, Dr Amo will assess your situation, give you a more accurate timeline for your specific case and accurate pricing for the treatment.

Step 2 – Dr Amo will then start planning your Invisalign treatment. We will also need to confirm your oral heath stability, as we can only move teeth once they’re healthy.

Step 3 – Next, we fit your Invisalign aligners. set up your teeth monitoring app and ScanBox. At Broadway Dental Boutique, we monitor teeth movement both through in-clinic appointments, and through a dedicated teeth monitoring app and ScanBox. The ScanBox is used with your smartphone to take weekly scans of your teeth, in the comfort of your own home. This is to ensure Dr Amo can monitor the accuracy of your treatment on a weekly basis. The app is where you’ll receive aftercare instructions and information on how to use your aligners.

Step 4 – Once your teeth are perfectly straight, we will fit your Viveria retainers to ensure teeth stay in place!

For any questions about Invisalign treatment, please get in touch at: info@broadwaydentalb.co.uk.