Bite issues are one of the main reasons a Gardena dentist recommends orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic care goes way beyond aesthetics. As much as we want our patients to achieve a beautiful smile, our main focus is on how well their teeth and jaw joints function.
If a patient experiences bite problems, it can impact the health of their teeth, as well as their comfort.
Thankfully, with Invisalign clear aligners, we can successfully treat malocclusion, making our patients feel more comfortable and confident.
Occlusion is defined as the relationship between the teeth on the upper and lower jaws and how well they come together.
Normal occlusion is desirable because it:
Malocclusion is defined as a situation in which a patient does not have normal/optimal occlusion. The causes of malocclusion include:
When a patient experiences malocclusion, it can impact:
Learning about occlusion can help you see the importance of orthodontic care and why your dentist recommends Invisalign treatment. Sometimes, patients think the only reason why their dentist encourages them to get such treatment is for aesthetic purposes.
That is only one piece of the puzzle. The main reason we recommend orthodontics is because we want to help reduce the risk of developing dental issues, including:
Do you have bite issues? Here are some signs that you should talk to your Gardena dentist about malocclusion and Invisalign.
Some people worry that their dentist will automatically recommend traditional metal braces if they have bite problems. The type of treatment your orthodontist recommends is dependent upon what type of bite issue you have.
In many instances, Invisalign clear aligners can successfully correct the problem. Here are six bite issues that Invisalign can address.
Besides crooked teeth and crowding, one of the top reasons patients want to get braces is to eliminate gaps between their teeth. Invisalign creates the right amount of pressure to gently shift teeth so that they come together and look more even.
If your upper jaw is narrower than your lower jaw, your top teeth will sit inside of your bottom teeth or just on top of them. This is called a crossbite, and it is often caused by habits in early childhood or genetics.
Unfortunately, a crossbite can cause tremendous jaw joint and facial muscle discomfort, which can:
Due to the progression of Invisalign technology, patients can correct their crossbite without traditional metal braces.
Teeth crowding can lead to dental complications and emotional insecurity.
Even the simplest of activities – such as eating or dental home care – can be difficult for patients with crowded teeth. It is not uncommon for patients to develop cavities or gum disease because they aren’t able to thoroughly clean their teeth no matter how much they brush or floss.
Invisalign applies gentle pressure on the teeth, shifting them into optimal positions, making it easier to perform these activities – all while increasing confidence.
When a person’s jaw is angled forward so that their bottom front teeth stick out past their top front teeth, it’s called an underbite. Since the jaw is not in proper alignment, it can cause a lot of strain, particularly in the:
Clear aligners can correct mild to moderate underbites, though more severe cases may require traditional metal braces in conjunction with headgear or other orthodontic devices.
An overbite is basically the opposite of an underbite. The lower jaw is positioned further back, causing the top front teeth to overlap the lower front teeth significantly. In fact, these teeth don’t touch – there will be a gap between the two sets of teeth.
As with an underbite, the poor positioning of the lower jaw can lead to muscle, tendon, and ligament tension in the head, face, and neck. It is not uncommon for patients with an overbite to develop TMJ disorder.
Invisalign can help close the gap between the teeth by gently adjusting the teeth and their relationship to the jawbones. More complex cases of overbite may require traditional braces.
An open bite results in a visible open space between the upper and lower front teeth. The teeth never touch, so this form of malocclusion can make biting into food more difficult and impact a patient’s speech. Again, Invisalign can gradually realign the teeth to close the bite.
In addition to fixing bite issues, your dentist has other reasons why they might recommend Invisalign over traditional metal or ceramic braces. Here are just a few of them.
Getting braces or clear aligners is an investment, not just in your looks, smile, or confidence. It is an investment in your health.
When your jawbones, joints, and teeth function optimally, you are more comfortable, you can chew without pain, and you’re more likely to eat healthier foods (which are often crunchy/hard, like seeds, nuts, and vegetables).
Your Gardena dentist wants you to live your healthiest, happiest life possible. Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign is just one way we can help you do that.
Would you like to learn more about Invisalign? Contact your Gardena dentist today!