What Alignment Issues Can Invisalign® Correct?

How do you feel about your smile? Do you wish your teeth were whiter, or straighter, or that your teeth didn’t have a gap or two?  You might be wondering how complicated it would be to get these dental issues fixed.

In addition to being unattractive, teeth alignment issues can also cause a number of long-term dental issues. When teeth don’t match up with each other, uneven wear, gum disease, and joint pain can result. Getting these issues corrected as soon as possible is important for your long-term dental health. 

Years ago, the main option for fixing teeth alignment issues was braces. Clunky, ugly, and uncomfortable, a lot of people would rather live with their uneven teeth than suffer through years of metal braces. Luckily, there is a much more modern, quick, and discreet option: Invisalign®.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern teeth alignment system that is a discreet, comfortable alternative to braces. It uses a series of clear plastic aligners that are custom-made to gradually shift your teeth into their proper positions. These aligners correct a number of alignment issues in a short period of time, without damaging your appearance and confidence.

At Manhasset Dental in Manhasset, New York, Dr. Madeleinne Zapantis and Dr. Katherine Meshkati are compassionate, highly skilled dentists who provide a full range of dental services to allow you to achieve your dental goals. They have many years of experience treating patients with the highly effective and accessible Invisalign system.

What alignment issues can Invisalign correct?

Few people are born with perfectly straight teeth. A number of alignment issues can affect your teeth, all of which can be solved by Invisalign treatment.

Crowded teeth

Teeth can sometimes be too large or numerous for your jaw, resulting in tooth pain, uneven tooth wear, and joint pain and damage. Invisalign can correct this issue by straightening your teeth and making more space for them to fit.

Overbite

When your top teeth stick out of your bottom teeth, this is known as an overbite. Invisalign corrects this by gently moving the top teeth so that they correctly align with your bottom teeth, which can make chewing easier and can prevent uneven wear on your teeth.

Underbite

In an underbite, the bottom teeth stick out past the upper teeth. In addition to looking unattractive, this condition can create problems with chewing food and speaking correctly, and it can also cause face and mouth pain because of the misalignment. Invisalign gently moves the bottom teeth into place, correcting the underbite.

Crossbite

Crossbite occurs when the top teeth are not correctly aligned with the bottom teeth. A few top teeth may tuck inside the bottom teeth, while others are outside the bottom teeth. Invisalign is a custom procedure, and carefully shifts each tooth into its proper position, allowing the teeth to meet properly. 

Teeth gaps

Most people are familiar with the gap that can occur between the two front top teeth, but teeth gaps can occur between any teeth. Invisalign targets these teeth and gradually moves them into their correct places. 

Ideally, your bottom and top teeth will be aligned with each other, giving you an even bite and a great-looking smile. However, few people are born with a mouthful of straight teeth. Invisalign is an innovative method of straightening your teeth without the discomfort and ugliness of metal braces.

If you are tired of having crooked teeth that will lead to more serious dental problems, call Manhasset Dental today to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

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