What Can Invisalign Not Fix?

Invisalign is an alternative to metal braces that helps correct the alignment of the teeth. They strengthen and align the teeth with the help of clear-colored trays that cover them. 

The main difference between traditional braces and Invisalign is that they don't stick out as much as metal braces. They are a discreet way of correcting the teeth, which is why so many people are considering them as orthodontic treatment. 

But, can Invisalign fix any dental issue? 

Let's see! 

What Can Invisalign Fix?

Invisalign can fix several dental issues, such as:

  • Crooked teeth;
  • Overbite, when the upper teeth close too far in front of the bottom teeth;
  • Underbites, when bottom teeth are in front of upper teeth;
  • Small gaps between teeth;
  • Open bite, where the top and bottom teeth do not meet;
  • Crowded teeth;
  • Crossbite. 

Invisalign Does Not Work If:

  • The tooth shape cannot fit into the Invisalign; 
  • The rotation of the tooth is too high; 
  • The gaps between the teeth are too wide; 
  • There is previous dental work done such as dental bridges, veneers, or crowns. 

Dental Issues That Invisalign Cannot Fix

There are several dental conditions Invisalign is not able to fix. Like any other medical solution and product, Invisalign presents its limitations. If that's the case for you, don't worry! There are probably other treatments that can help you improve your oral health and your dentist can help you find it. 

With that in mind, here's what Invisalign cannot fix:

  • Severe Overbite/Underbite

If your overbite or underbite is too strong, Invisalign might not work, and it would be better to get metal braces.

  • Rotated Teeth 

If your mouth is too overcrowded and your teeth rotate to a degree over 20 degrees, Invisalign will not work either. It only works if the rotation is mild.

  • Lower or Raise the Tooth 

Invisalign is also not able to raise or lower the tooth in the jawline. Neither can it correct a midline discrepancy that is more than 2mm.

  • Large Gaps

Invisalign is very effective when it comes to small gaps between teeth. If you are dealing with larger gaps, then metal braces are required. The option will be discussed with your orthodontist as it depends on the exact position of your teeth.

  • Intrusions and Extrusions

When a patient needs to have a tooth moved higher or lower, also known as intrusion or extrusion, this procedure cannot be done by wearing an Invisalign and traditional braces are needed instead.

  • Teeth Size 

Likely, patients with teeth that are too short may not benefit from using Invisalign as it will not be able to have the proper grip and align the teeth correctly. 

  • Other Conditions 

If a patient suffers from gum disease or other dental problems, these need to be addressed before starting the process with Invisalign.

Great Bay Orthodontics offers high-quality orthodontic treatments, by always striving to find the right balance between our patient’s needs, functionality, and professionalism.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and we will provide you with a diagnosis and the best treatment plan for you.

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