Invisalign straighten your teeth with comparative comfort and discretion, and they help to create more even smiles. They’re clear, so they remain almost undetectable during your treatment, but this isn’t their only plus-side. Invisalign may look discrete, but they also function exceptionally well to straighten your bite as well as fixing cosmetic needs. How does Invisalign fix your bite, and how does this better your dental health?
The bite problems fixed by Invisalign
A deep bite sees your upper row of teeth sitting over your lower row of teeth when resting or biting down. This misalignment is known to lead to gum problems and wear and tear on your lower teeth. It can actually grind your lower teeth down and even push them backwards with a constant pressure over time. A deep bite can also lead to joint discomfort because of the constant tension, often manifesting in neck and shoulder pain.
An underbite is commonly seen as when your lower jaw and therefore lower row of teeth are pushed further past your upper row of teeth. In extreme cases it can seem that the jaw protrudes or juts outwards. In more severe cases, this can prevent the function of the upper front teeth and inhibit your bite or speech. You could also experience jaw pain because of the improper positioning of your lower jaw.
An open bite is characterised by your back teeth meeting together when you close your mouth, but your front teeth don’t meet and there is a gap between upper and lower. Left untreated, a speech impediment may develop, and you could even encourage the onset of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD). This happens when something stops your jaw from working or resting properly, leading to pain and stiffness that may travel through your body.
A crossbite sees one row of teeth sitting off-centre with the other row, creating a kind of skewed ‘cross’ between your jaws. A crossbite can leave your gums exposed in some places, elevating your chances of developing gum disease, and your jawbone could also become weak as a result of it being held in an incorrect position.
Gapped teeth are an incredibly common problem that often lead to our patients considering Invisalign braces. Gapped teeth mean that areas of your gums and the sides of your teeth are left unprotected, leading to a higher chance of plaque and bacteria build-up. In severe cases and with improper dental hygiene, this can lead to cavities and gum disease.
Overly crowded teeth are another very common dental complaint that leads our patients to consider Invisalign. Overcrowded teeth create uneven surfaces in your mouth that are difficult to clean properly. These hard-to-reach places make great hideouts for plaque and bacteria, increasing your chances of developing cavities and decay.
Invisalign and your dental health
Invisalign braces not only help to create a more uniform smile, but they also address bite issues that may otherwise jeopardise your dental health. Exposed areas of gum, tooth walls, and constant unwanted pressure on your teeth and jaw joints can all lead to consequences that would require future dental or orthodontic attention. Invisalign pre-emptively treats the issues causing your concerns, straightening your teeth so that their alignment does not hinder your dental health in both the present and future. If you’d like to find out more about Invisalign in Loughborough, contact the team at Loughborough Orthodontics today to book your initial consultation on 01509 261006.