The Invisalign method used by office of Rock Creek Dental repairs many of the common orthodontic problems experienced by patients. The final result is amazing improvements in the smile, gums, jaw and teeth. Plus, with Invisalign’s digital technology, the office of Rock Creek Dental offers a “before and after” view of your teeth to help you decide if the advantages of the procedure are best for you.
Typical Malocclusions Treated by Invisalign
This is a more common condition, as jawbones are generally smaller now than they were in the past. Possibly due to genetic factors, the facts are that for certain people there simply is not enough room in the mouth for a full set of teeth. This crowding tends to get worse over time and cannot improve on its’ own. Crowded teeth are unfortunately tilted or twisted so that they serve little purpose other than to hide oral bacteria, gum disease and tooth decay. Not only are crowded teeth unappealing visually, they are more likely to bring severe dental issues later in life. The solution may include removing one or more teeth in addition to using Invisalign. Most often, it is possible to save all the teeth using routine Invisalign techniques to increase the arch width while performing IPR (Inter-Proximal Reduction).
Overbite is present when the upper teeth extend or overlap beyond the lower teeth. The upper teeth may also protrude or “stick out” beyond them (commonly called “buck teeth”). In severe cases, overbite allows the lower teeth to contact the top of the mouth, leading to severe problems and pain. It may make chewing painful, lead to excess enamel wear, especially on the inside of the upper front teeth, and is a common cause of oral injury in sports.
If the upper and lower jaws do not line up properly, crossbite occurs. The amount of deviation is measured by comparing the middle of the upper front teeth to the middle of the lower front teeth. A significant misalignment creates abnormal wear on the enamel, like tooth chipping. Crossbite is also one precursor to developing temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).
An unusual condition is underbite, usually caused by a small upper jaw or a very large lower jaw. Besides abnormal tooth wear, underbite is another malocclusion that usually leads to TMJ. If the underbite is severe, oral surgery may be needed in addition to using Invisalign.
Excess development of the jawbone, uncommonly small teeth or tooth loss may lead to large areas (called “diastemas”) between the teeth. Without regular cleaning, this can lead to gum problems and periodontal disease. Why? When your teeth are aligned properly, your gums are able to protect your teeth. However, when there are large areas between your teeth, this allows for easy entry of oral bacteria between your teeth and your gum line.
It is very possible that you have a condition not listed here or even a mixture of these problems. Feel free to ask for a consultation with our Auburn dentist, Dr. Matson, to discuss how Invisalign can help you.