Invisalign treatment involves wearing clear plastic aligner trays for about 22 hours daily to correct an orthodontic issue. During Invisalign treatment, you can only take out your aligners to eat, drink anything asides from water, floss and brush your teeth. The aligners need replacement to a new set after a few weeks, usually two weeks.
Invisalign gradually moves the teeth into their correct alignment. If you want to undergo the treatment, you will have to visit your orthodontist to check if Invisalign can correct your orthodontic issue.
Orthodontic issues corrected by Invisalign
- Crooked teeth
You can undergo Invisalign treatment to straighten your crooked teeth to make your smile more beautiful.
An overbite causes the upper front teeth to overlap the lower front teeth. It usually results in biting and chewing difficulties. If you have this orthodontic issue, you can easily correct it with Invisalign. Invisalign aligners can move your teeth into alignment to make your upper, and lower front teeth lap properly.
An underbite is the opposite of an overbite. In an underbite, the lower front teeth sit in front of the upper front teeth. This orthodontic issue usually results in wearing down of the teeth and affects proper speech production. You can use Invisalign to gradually move the lower teeth back to fit behind the upper front teeth.
If you have a severe under or overbite, you can combine Invisalign and braces treatment to get your desired result.
- Gapped teeth
Having gaps between one or more teeth is a spacing issue. When you have excess space between your teeth, it becomes easy for food to get stuck between your gums and teeth. This can be painful and may cause gum disease.
Closing the gaps between your teeth is not only for cosmetic purposes. It also gives you better oral health.
- Open bite
In an open bite, the lower and upper front teeth do not meet. Wearing Invisalign can gradually move your teeth to their proper position for the upper and lower teeth to meet.
- Crowded teeth
When you do not have enough space in your mouth to accommodate your teeth, the teeth become overcrowded, making them twist or overlap. Having insufficient space in your teeth makes trapping food particles between the teeth easy. It also causes accumulation of plaque and tartar, contributing to periodontal disease and tooth decay. Invisalign aligners can help realign your teeth to create more space in your mouth to accommodate your teeth in their right position.
Although Invisalign can correct these orthodontic issues listed above, the severity of your case will determine whether or not Invisalign is a suitable treatment.
Limitations of Invisalign
Invisalign can correct about 90% of orthodontic cases. However, the pressure from Invisalign aligners is not the same as braces, so braces may be more suitable for most complex orthodontic issues or when a major teeth movement is needed.
Invisalign does not correct the following orthodontic issues.
- Tooth shape
If you have round pegged or short teeth, Invisalign cannot correct it, and these teeth shapes may prevent you from having a successful Invisalign treatment because they prevent the aligners from having a firm grip to move the teeth.
- Tooth position
If your teeth are overcrowded, it could cause a tooth to rotate. If a tooth is rotated more than 20 degrees, Invisalign cannot move the tooth to a correct alignment.
- Large gaps between the teeth
Invisalign can close gaps between the teeth, but if the gap between two teeth is more than 6mm, you may need to get braces.
- Extrusion and intrusion
Invisalign cannot raise the upper front teeth from their current position, but braces can.
- Other dental restoration
If you previously had dental restoration like crowns or bridges, you cannot get Invisalign treatment.
Cost of Invisalign treatment
The cost of Invisalign treatment varies and depends on several factors, like your orthodontic condition’s complexity. On average, the treatment cost about £1500 – £5500.
You can consult your Invisalign provider to examine your teeth and determine your Invisalign treatment’s exact cost.
If you desire to get the best Invisalign in London, visit Chatfield Dental Braces today or contact us now on 020 71834041 to schedule an appointment for your Invisalign treatment.