“But wait…there’s more…!” That’s often heard at the false-close of a TV infomercial.
Numbing effect aside, it works as an attention getting technique. Let’s apply it to orthodontic dentistry and more specifically, to Invisalign®.
There’s “more” to Invisalign® than cosmetic appeal. That’s a start and one of the primary reasons you would choose the treatment.
We also talk about convenience (aligners are removable), appearance (aligners are clear with no metal or wires), and efficient (less in-office adjustments). All are strong benefits of orthodontic treatment with Invisalign®.
Orthodontic dentistry is a corrective treatment. The primary focus is correcting your bite.
The technical term for an improper bite is known as malocclusion. Dental braces have been the go-to solution for years.
Your teeth can become misaligned. This leads to the most common and visible results referred to as an overbite or an underbite – malocclusion.
An aligned bite causes your teeth to fit together properly. This is referred to as occlusion.
It’s uncommon for you, or anyone, to have a perfect bite. Malocclusion is more common and natural in some form.
There are reasons for this. Genetics, tooth crowding, missing teeth that aren’t replaced, dental trauma, or childhood habits such as thumb sucking can cause malocclusion.
The “more” you know…
There are three phases or forms of malocclusion. The good news is that each is treatable (more on that in a moment).
Phase 1 malocclusion – your bite is normal but your teeth are crooked or crowded together. This makes brushing and flossing a challenge. And without proper or consistent oral hygiene you can develop other dental problems.
Phase 2 malocclusion – your upper/top teeth extend beyond or over your lower/bottom teeth. This creates an overbite.
Phase 3 malocclusion – your lower/bottom teeth extend outward and overlap your upper/top teeth. This causes an underbite.
The “more” you know…the better
Invisalign® can correct your malocclusion. Oral surgery is only necessary for extreme circumstances of overbite, underbite, and crowded or misaligned teeth.
It’s important to treat malocclusion early. For example, your child’s tooth and jaw development makes it easier to treat when they’re young.
You can certainly benefit as an adult too. Invisalign® is effective for treating you and your child’s tooth misalignment and the problems associated with malocclusion.
Contact your Charlotte orthodontist about your tooth alignment and bite issues. Schedule a consultation to discuss Invisalign® orthodontic treatment to correct these problems and improve your dental health.