When there is not enough room in your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally, it is considered overcrowding. This is a form of malocclusion, and can develop into worse problems over time if not treated. Overcrowded teeth are usually severely crooked and can result in plaque accumulation, an increased chance of gum disease, and tooth decay. Invisalign can help with many issues including crowded teeth. A consultation with an orthodontist that provides Invisalign will give you more information on your specific treatment options. At Orthodontics Only we can help you straighten your teeth with Invisalign or other braces procedures.
Invisalign can be used to help with crowded teeth but there are other things that need to be considered. Things to consider are how overcrowded your teeth are, the vertical and horizontal components of your bite, and your bite. It is common for patients who have overcrowding to also have bite issues. Even if you have fairly straight teeth you can still have a bite issue.
You may need extractions if your mouth is overcrowded. Extractions would be done before the Invisalign process is started. This will create more room for the other teeth to shift into place. Shaving teeth may also be needed before Invisalign is started. This is done to the sides of the teeth to make more room. This is not easy to see because they will stay within the enamel. This will prevent future problems, including sensitivity.
Some people will need attachments along with Invisalign. Attachments are small bumps of plastic material. They are tooth colored and only go on a few teeth. The attachments give a gripping point for the aligner to click into place around. This will help the aligners stay on better. They also put pressure on the teeth in the direction needed to straighten the teeth. Not everyone needs attachments with Invisalign, but it is common.
You may also need rubber bands with Invisalign when you are treating crowded teeth. If needed they will be on the back teeth and will not be noticeable.
If your teeth are crowded the orthodontist may also need to enlarge your arch to create more space for the crowded teeth. This is done by utilizing orthodontic expanders. The teeth are gradually pushed outwards and naturally fall into a more proper alignment. The expansion appliance may provide more space for the teeth as the palate is widened, but it may not be enough space to avoid extractions. Patients may need both to fix overcrowding.
If you or your child are experiencing overcrowding of teeth, it is possible that Invisalign could help. As a preferred Invisalign provider we can provide you with more information. Contact us today to schedule your appointment in which our professional staff will answer any questions you may have on Invisalign, braces or other orthodontics treatment.