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7 Problems that Invisalign® Corrects

7 Problems that Invisalign® Corrects

Smile flaws, even those that seem minor, are no small matter. Not only do they impact your oral health, but they can also take a significant toll on your mental and emotional health. One study found that 87% of people under the age of 35 are self-conscious about their smile. 

At ToothDocs, our team of experts is on a mission to change that statistic by offering our patients the best cosmetic and corrective services — and Invisalign® is one of our most valuable tools. 

This revolutionary system of clear plastic aligners gently and gradually straighten your teeth, allowing you to address your smile flaws without anyone knowing. What’s more, they’re customized to fit your exact needs. Here’s a closer look at seven issues Invisalign can resolve, so you get the smile of your dreams.

#1: Crooked teeth

Your teeth can become crooked for various reasons, such as:

When your teeth aren’t aligned correctly, you can develop a variety of health issues from gum disease and speech difficulties to problems chewing and digesting.

#2: Gapped teeth

A gap (also known as a diastema) between your teeth can form if there’s a problem with the size and shape of your teeth and/or jaw. In some cases, an overgrowth of the tissue that borders your gum line causes the separation. Other factors, such as thumb sucking during childhood, incorrect swallowing reflexes, and tongue thrusting, can also create a gap in your teeth. 

Gaps can develop virtually anywhere in your mouth, but they’re most common and most noticeable between the two upper front teeth. 

#3: Overbite

Your bite refers to the way your upper and lower teeth fit together. A normal, healthy bite means your upper teeth sit slightly over your lower teeth, and your molars fit together evenly. 

If you have an overbite, your upper teeth extend well past your lower teeth, a condition often called “buck teeth.”

Overbites tend to be the result of habits that disrupted your jaw’s development during childhood, such as pacifier use, thumb sucking, nail biting, chewing on hard objects, and mouth breathing.

Overbites can cause serious oral health problems, including tooth decay, tooth damage, and gum disease. It can also affect other areas of your health and cause headaches, jaw pain, sleep apnea, and trouble eating and speaking. 

#4: Underbite

Opposite of overbite, an underbite occurs when your lower teeth extend beyond your upper teeth. This typically stems from a problem with the way your jaw is aligned. 

Genetics, injuries, and bad childhood habits are the most common causes of an underbite, but certain tumors are another known risk factor. Some underbites are mild and go undetected; others are severe, and your jaw protrudes so far forward that other people notice. 

No matter the severity of your underbite, it almost always threatens your oral and overall health. If you have an underbite, you may develop problems with your teeth and jaw, and you may find it difficult to speak and chew properly. 

#5: Crossbite

When your upper teeth fit inside your lower teeth, you have what’s known as a crossbite. Unlike an underbite, which affects all your teeth, a crossbite only affects a group of teeth. 

You may be able to blame genetics for your crossbite, but there are some circumstantial factors that may contribute as well. For example, if your baby teeth didn’t fall out on schedule, or if there was a delay in your adult teeth coming in, your jawline and the rest of your teeth may have developed a crossbite to compensate. 

Jaw pain, teeth pain, tooth decay, sleep apnea, temporomandibular joint disorder, and headaches are just a few of the potential complications of crossbite. 

#6: Open bite

Another type of malocclusion, an open bite occurs when your front upper and lower teeth slant outward and don’t touch each other. 

Similar to other bite problems, open bites are usually the result of bad habits during childhood and certain skeletal problems. 

Not only are open bites a cosmetic problem, but they also negatively impact your oral health and make it difficult to talk and chew easily.

#7: Crowded teeth

When your jaw is too small, your teeth can easily become crowded. This means that your teeth bunch up, twist, overlap, and/or get pushed forward or backward. Having crowded teeth can make keeping up an oral hygiene routine nearly impossible, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. 

If you’d like to see if you’re a candidate for Invisalign, call or click to request an appointment with one of our Invisalign specialists. We have three convenient locations in Roslyn and New York, New York.

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